Mark Cuddy
Artistic Director

MARK CUDDY is celebrating his 25th season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. During his tenure he has worked alongside talented and dedicated staff, artists and trustees to build Geva into a regional theatre powerhouse. Geva boasts one of the largest audiences of any professional regional theatre in the Northeast, and has a reputation for excellence in education programming and new play production. Having just completed a nine million dollar facility renovation including the purchase of fourteen new artist lofts, Geva is now focusing its future on engaging the Rochester region in meaningful theatrical experiences that unite and strengthen our community through the celebration of our shared humanity. Mr. Cuddy has directed over fifty productions here, and has appeared as Georges in Geva’s 2019 production of La Cage aux Folles, and in the 2018 world premiere of Heartland. Mr. Cuddy is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Rochester Fringe Festival, and served on the Board of Directors of the national organization for non-profit theatres, Theatre Communications Group. Mr. Cuddy has also served as Artistic Director of Sacramento Theatre Company, Producing Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and on the directing staff of the Denver Center Theatre Company. He received his B.A. in Theatre/Honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He resides in the Highland Park neighborhood with his wife, theatre and visual artist Christina Selian. Their older son, Maximilian, is writing his doctoral dissertation in Sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Their younger son, Augustus, is an actor in New York City.


Christopher Mannelli Executive Director

CHRISTOPHER MANNELLI joined Geva in 2016 from Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, a Tony Award-winning institution dedicated to new plays and playwrights, where he has served as Managing Director. During his five-year tenure he led the reorganization of the institution and was responsible for the strategic planning, fundraising and audience development initiatives that created the theater’s new business model. Under his leadership, Mr. Mannelli oversaw numerous award-winning productions, increased contributed income, and launched innovative membership and audience engagement initiatives. Prior to his work with Victory Gardens, he served as Deputy Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, one of the largest nonprofit theatres in Chicago. He oversaw operations and helped to produce the theatre’s “World Stage” international programming, including Chicago Shakespeare’s first ever tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Before moving to Chicago, Mr. Mannelli was the Managing Director for HotCity Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. In this capacity, he was instrumental in the company’s financial and programmatic growth, which included educational outreach programs, new play initiatives and several collaborations with prominent arts organizations. He has served on the board of directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, as a steering committee member for Enrich Chicago (a group of arts organizations in Chicago working collectively to address racial equity), as a board member for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and the community board of Emerald City Theatre. In 2017 he was appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts’ Theatre advisory panel where he has served for the last two years. He currently serves on the board of directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Washington Square Park Community Association and on the corporate board for the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Mr. Mannelli grew up on Long Island and began his career as an actor and a musician, touring nationally and internationally. He holds a B.A. in opera performance from the SUNY Geneseo School of Performing Arts, an M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from DePaul University, and an Executive Scholars Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.




Executive Leadership

Mark Cuddy

Artistic Director

Christopher Mannelli

Executive Director


Staff Leadership

Skip Greer

Director of Education/Artist in Residence

Jenni Werner

Literary Director/ Resident Dramaturg

Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Director of Engagement/Associate Artistic Director

Jenn Lyons

Director of Production


Alana Sansone

Director of Finance and Operations

Laura Sadowski

Director of Institutional Advancement

Melissa Boyack

Director of Marketing




Lara Bidus Rhyner
Associate Director of Education


Francisca Da Silveira
Assistant Literary Director/Dramaturg

Jean Gordon Ryon
Literary Associate/Dramaturg


Angela Giuseppetti
Company Manager


Casey McNamara
Costume Shop Manager

Janice Ferger

Katherine McCarthy
First Hand

Karin Eckert
Wardrobe & Wig Supervisor

Noel O’Day
Costume Craftsperson

Michaela Lincoln


Derek A. Madonia
Lighting Supervisor

Andrew Mark Wilhelm
Sound Supervisor

Michael Rehor
First Electrician

Chris Nimick
Swing Board Electrician

John Wilcox
Audio Engineer


Theresa Pierce
Interim Props Master

Butch Kane
Props Artisan


Erik Benson
Technical Director

Chris Dake
Asst. Technical Director

Maya Schuetz

Sara Stabley
Stage Operations Carpenter


Dana Angellis
Daniel Parker
Stage Managers



Amanda Riekstins
Graphic Designer

Tyler Cassidy-Heacock
Manager of Annual Giving

Caitlin Milizia
Management Associate

Emily Rhone
Manager of Special Events

Amanda Serianni-Davis
Administrative Assistant & Database Manager


Timothy Intili
Director of Ticketing

John Hamolsky
Ticket Services Manager

Katherine Kuhn
Subscriptions Coordinator

Joseph Moser
Shift Supervisor

Andy Germuga
Ashley Robb-Crockett
Box Office Associates

Smart Marketing
Direct Sales

Scott Falkowski
Guest Services Manager

Keith Bullis
Laura Chekow                                                  Ken Koban                                                       
Wendy Mancarella
Margaret Roumpapas
House Managers

Sarah Trine
Kitchen and Bar Supervisor

Nanette Falchi
Gift Shop Manager


Frank Del Vecchio
Associate Director of Finance

Jeff Jones
Facilities Manager

Anna Beck
Finance Assistant







Maggie Symington, Chair
Kelly Shea, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
Stephanie Caffera, Secretary

Vice Presidents
Philip Burke, Chair, Advancement Committee
Margaret Busch, Chair of Education/Summer Curtain Call Committee

Dennis Bassett, At-Large, Immediate Past Chair and Chair, Committee on Trustees

At Large
Faheem Masood
Essie Calhoun-McDavid


Peggy Boucher

Ted Boucher

Barb Bruning

Gloria Culver

Hope Drummond

Suzanne Gouvernet

Richard Gray

Todd Green

Christina Gullo

Pamela Hines

Barbara LaVerdi

Dr. Dawn F. Lipson

Diane McCue

Steve Metzger

Daniel Meyers

Suzanne Nasipak-Chapman

Mike Ninnie

Frank Novak

Wolfgang Pfizenmaier

Loren J. Ranaletta

Mary Freund Tilton

Wynndy Turner

William Weir

Kathleen R. Whelehan

John Williams

All Trustees are volunteers who generously give of their time, talent and resources to support locally produced professional theatre and arts education programs. 
*Indicates Former Board Chair



Honorary Trustees

Helen H. Berkeley*

William A. Buckingham

Barry B. Clements*

Sergio Esteban*

David L. Fiedler*

Ronald H. Fielding

Betsy T. Friedman*

Patrick Fulford*

Joanna Grosodonia*

A. Thomas Hildebrandt

David L. Hoffberg*

Arthur M. Holtzman

Maureen D. Holtzman

John F. Kraushaar*

Carol Love*

Peter Messner*

Michael B. Millard*

Emily Neece*

Nannette Nocon

David Perlman

John C. Rasor*

Joseph R. Rulison*

Robert Saltzman

Paul Seidel

Paul L. Smith

Mary Kay Taber

John Tyler Jr.

Linda Cornell Weinstein*

Henry W. Williams, Jr.*

Deborah Wilson

*Indicates Former Board Chair