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.

Out of the Rehearsal Hall with Mikael Burke

In Episode Ten of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Geva's Assistant Literary Director Fran Da Silveira joins me once again for an invigorating conversation with director Mikael Burke. We talk about the impact of music and silence on our understanding of language, about creating a personal artistic mission, and we envision a bold new theatre coming out of this pandemic. Oh, and Fran reveals the connection between stalking and dramaturgical research...

Out of the Rehearsal Hall with Costume Designer Christina Selian

In Episode Nine of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Geva's Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor Karin Eckert joins me to talk about her journey from Rochester to the West End, and around the U.S. (with a stop at “The Price is Right”), and back to Rochester; and then we talk with costume designer and crafts teacher Christina Selian about the difference between clothing and costumes; her journey to costume design; Christina’s deep admiration for actors and the collaborative nature of theatre; and the peace that comes from creating work by hand.

Out of the Rehearsal Hall with Fight Director Rocío Mendez

In Episode 8 of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Fran Da Silveira and I talk with fight and intimacy director Rocío Mendez. We chat about how she was inspired to enter a field that is dominated by white men, her work on last year's production of The Royale by Marco Ramirez, the importance of intimacy choreography, and the brilliance and confidence of RuPaul's Drag Race.