Geva is a member of the League of Resident Theatres and works under an agreement with Actors Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers. By agreement, most (but not all) adult actors are required to be members of AEA. Geva partners with casting director Karie Koppel of Koppel Casting in New York City for all AEA casting. Please send resumes and headshots to her attention at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local non-union casting is conducted in Rochester by Geva’s artistic staff. General auditions are held annually, prior to the beginning of each new season, at which time local adult actors are invited to present monologues and/or songs. Any actor is eligible to audition every two years at Generals. Check this site for specific audition dates and requirements.
A Christmas Carol Youth Auditions
Due to COVID-19 safety protocols mandated by Actors Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers, auditions for this year’s production will have several restrictions.
- All children must be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination to audition, except for children auditioning for the role of Tiny Tim (see below).
- All participants must be 12 to 13 years old to audition, except for children auditioning for the role of Tiny Tim. Children who turn 14 years old before December 24, 2021, are not allowed to audition, according to AEA rules.
- Children auditioning for Tiny Tim must be masked at all times. They must not be taller than 4’2”. Any child who is cast in this role will be masked during performances.
- Geva encourages all eligible family members of auditioning children to be vaccinated. Please note, Geva requires all eligible audience members to be fully vaccinated or to provide proof of a recent negative COVID test to attend performances.
Audition workshops (both a class and audition) will be held Thursday, October 14, through Saturday, October 16 (see below). Auditions will take place at the end of each workshop. There will be no callbacks. Participants should prepare up to one minute of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Participants are asked to bring piano parts, if possible.
Please note, the audition workshop on Friday, Oct. 15, is exclusively for students who attend Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School.
Thursday, Oct. 14, 5 – 7 p.m. at Avenue Black Box Theater
Participants will sign up for one hour-long time slot, either 5 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. They will need to stay the entire hour. Each time slot is limited to 15 participants.
Friday, Oct. 15 at Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School
For Eugenio María de Hostos students only. Audition workshop is closed to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Geva Theatre Center
Tiny Tim auditions will take place from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. All other participants will sign up for one hour-long time slot: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 15 participants. Please note, only one parent or guardian will be permitted to accompany each participant inside the theatre.
To sign up for an audition workshop, call Geva at 585-232-1366.
There will be a mandatory parent Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 21st at 6pm for one hour
Children must be available for rehearsal on weekday evenings, typically between the hours of 3pm and 9pm Tuesday – Friday, and 10am-8pm on weekends, beginning November 6, 2021. They will miss school during the tech week (November 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, and 27). The roles will be shared between two sets of young actors with each team performing in approximately 50% of the performances, including the weekday matinee performances (November 30 and December 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 23 and 24) when they will again miss school. Performances will run every evening November 24 – December 24, 2021, except Thanksgiving, with matinees every Saturday and Sunday. Each child’s rate will be $85/week beginning November 9th.
Critical to Geva Theatre Center’s core values is an institutional culture of dignity, trust, and mutual respect. We are committed to upholding the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our programming, casting, hiring of guest artists, and recruitment of staff in all departments.
As Rochester’s professional theatre, we take particular responsibility to reflect the community we serve. To that end, for all employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities. All are welcome here.
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Career Development Opportunities
Geva Theatre Center provides a variety of opportunities for tomorrow’s artists and leaders to hone their craft alongside our professional staff.
Are you a college student or early-career theatre artist? For information about internships, apprenticeships and fellowships, please contact us to learn more.
We are not looking to fill any staff or overhire positions at this time.