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.