Recognizing our Rock Star Leaders #GEVA

Artistic Director Mark Cuddy honored with Arts & Cultural Council’s
Annual Arts Award for Performing Artist.
Executive Director Tom Parrish named one of Rochester Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”

Rochester, N.Y., October 14, 2013 – It is a special occasion when a leader of any organization is recognized for their achievements, but when both of the Co-CEO’s are recognized in the same year, it is cause for celebration.

The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester recently announced the recipients of their Annual Arts Awards. Geva’s Artistic Director Mark Cuddy will be receiving the 2013 Performing Artist Award, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  Previous recipients of the Arts & Cultural Council’s Performing Artist Award include: PUSH Physical Theater’s Darren and Heather Stevenson, Mitzie Collins, Garth Fagan, Gap Mangione, Christopher Seaman and Jeff Tyzik.  The Rochester Business Journal has also announced the recipients for the annual “40 Under 40” Awards and Geva’s Executive Director Tom Parrish is included in the Class of 2013. These awards will be presented on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Mark Cuddy 2013Mr. Cuddy is in his 19th season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. He has led Geva through a renaissance of artistic and institutional growth with a diverse repertory, topflight artists, wide-reaching educational programs and a commitment to new play development. Mr. Cuddy is a founding member and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Rochester Fringe Festival, and serves on the Board of Directors of the only national service organization for non-profit theatres, Theatre Communications Group. Mr. Cuddy has directed over 30 productions at Geva, and is known for his interpretations of musicals, contemporary comedies and premieres: recent Geva productions include Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, You Can’t Take It With You, A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted), Superior Donuts and Company. Among his many other Geva credits are The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, Fences, FiveCourse Love, A Christmas Story, and Pride andPrejudice (co-adaptor), and the world premieres of Convenience (musical) by Gregg Coffin, Theophilus North by Matthew Burnett from Thornton Wilder (also at Arena Stage), SplittingInfinity by Jamie Pachino, Famous Orpheus by Oyamo (choreography by Garth Fagan), House and Garden by Alan Ayckbourn (East Coast premiere), and That Was Then (American premiere).

Tom Parrish 2013Mr. Parrish joined Geva in 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and is a member of Rochester Rotary. He is also actively involved with the League of Resident Theatres, the management association of America’s top-tier professional regional theatres, and has served on multiple negotiating committees. This will be the third time that Mr. Parrish has been named a “40 Under 40.” He was honored as one of the Merrimack Valley’s “40 Under 40” during his tenure as Executive Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts; and as one of the San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s “40 Under 40 during his tenure as Associate Managing Director and General Manager of San Diego Repertory Theatre.



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