The Changemakers are Out of the Rehearsal Hall

The importance of passing on our history to future generations is one of the highlights from episode 3-2 of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, featuring the Changemakers exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Storyteller Christopher Rivas is Out of the Rehearsal Hall

The latest episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall features the writer and performer of this season's The Real James Bond...Was Dominican, Christopher Rivas. He is an incredible storyteller in any medium, and in this episode, he talks about the climate crisis and the beauty of this world, Porfirio Rubirosa (inspiration for James Bond) and just how vital it is to see people who look like you in stories that inspire you, and the power of telling stories from the heart. Geva's company manager Angela Giuseppetti co-hosts.

Playwright/Director Chay Yew’s World of Possibilities

In the first podcast episode of 2021, we’re thrilled to feature a conversation with playwright/director/producer, Chay Yew. We’ll all have an opportunity to see his work as a director this winter, with his direction of Brian Quijada’s Where Did We Sit on the Bus? And long-time Geva audiences may remember the production of Naomi Iizuka’s 36 Views, which Chay also directed. Pirronne Yousefzadeh joins Jenni Werner for this inspirational conversation that really focuses on the ways in which we can all open doors for others to follow us, and create opportunities for the next generation to grow and succeed.

Improvisation and Spilling a Few Secrets with Sound Designers Justin Ellington and David K Samba

In the fifth episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Esther Winter, creative producer for Recognition Radio, and Jenni Werner talk with sound designers David K. Samba and Justin Ellington about jazz music, the nature of collaboration, sound design and composition as an out of body experience, what it means to “play with subs” and how we’re all sound designers at heart, even if we don’t know it yet.

Imagining a World Through Sound: Designers Christie Chiles Twillie and Larry Fowler

Jenni Werner and Esther Winter interview sound designers Larry Fowler and Christie Chiles Twillie about building worlds through sound and just how pivotal sound design is in COVID-era theatre experiences.

Playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers

Geva's literary director, Jenni Werner, and associate artistic director, Pirronne Yousefzadeh talk with playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers about listening to the voices in your head, finding inspiration in poetry, novels and raunchy rap lyrics, making space and time for imagination, and representation onstage. All in the third episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall.

Uncovering Rochester’s Redlining History

In connection with Geva's Recognition Radio festival celebrating Black stories, we are producing a series of community conversations, called The Amplify Series, which connects themes of the plays to our lives here in the Rochester area. The first conversation examined the history of redlining and segregation in Rochester, the lasting impacts, and ways that we can effect change.

Playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Chisa Hutchinson

An impassioned conversation with playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Chisa Hutchinson about their work and inspirations, how August Wilson impacted them both as young people, and the renaissance of the Black horror genre. And of course, a conversation about their work featured in Geva's Recognition Radio Festival.

Whose Land Are We On?

A land acknowledgement creates a more accurate picture of the history of the lands and waterways we call home, and pays respect to the Indigenous People who have stewarded them from time immemorial. In 2020, Geva is beginning the practice of offering this statement as part of our ant-racist values and to help us all unlearn and re-learn the history that has brought us here to the land we now call the United States.