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Careers & Casting

An institutional culture of dignity, trust, and mutual respect.

At Geva Theater, 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.

Geva Theatre Center provides a variety of opportunities for tomorrow’s artists and leaders to hone their craft alongside our professional staff.
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Opportunities at Geva

Employment

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.

Internships, Apprenticeships, and Fellowships

For information about internships and apprenticeships for current college students, and directing fellowships for recent post-advanced degree (or equivalent professional experience) theatre directors, please email lrhyner@gevatheatre.org. All other career development and hiring inquiries should be submitted here

Job Openings

Geva is committed to upholding the principles of equity, diversity. inclusion and anti-racist theater in
recruitment of staff in all departments. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, LGBTQ
individuals, and individuals with disabilities. Geva Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer. All are
welcome here.

Geva Theatre, a LORT B regional theatre in the heart of Rochester, NY with an annual operating budget of $8.5 million, seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to plan, lead and grow its fundraising efforts as outlined in Geva’s newly adopted Strategic Framework.

 

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with both the Executive and Artistic Directors, this position oversees a staff of three direct reports and is an integral member of the senior leadership team. The staffing structure of the Development Department will be determined by the newly hired Director in collaboration with the Executive Director.

 

Responsibilities:

The Director of Development will be responsible for achieving budgeted goals in all areas of contributed revenue including government, foundation, corporate, individual, and special events. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Build and implement strategy for major gift, capital, annual fund, and endowment campaigns
  • Oversee foundation application processes and myriad special events, including the annual Curtain Call gala
  • Collaborate with the Board of Trustees to enhance development efforts, and attend all meetings of the Full Board, Development Committee, and Curtain Call Committee
  • Identify new sources of revenue and grow contributed revenues to establish greater balance with earned revenues
  • Monitor and report on fundraising progress vs. goals and course correct as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Marketing to ensure a holistic patron experience and enhanced patron loyalty
  • Mentor staff, establish achievable goals to hold all staff accountable, and conduct regular performance evaluations
  • Expand Geva’s donor base to ensure organization stability in a post-pandemic environment to ensure the organization’s long-term sustainability

 

Desired traits in a successful candidate:

  • A clear focus on goals for all involved in the development function of the organization
  • Creativity and strategic thinking in all areas of fundraising
  • Proven experience engaging with Board members and a commitment to exceptional donor service
  • Demonstrated organizations skills and an ability to delegate effectively
  • A passion for theatre that embraces the art form’s spirit of collaboration
  • A robust history as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations with a preference for experience in the performing arts
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge donor software preferred
  • Exhibit empathy, kindness, diplomacy, and humor in the workplace

 

Geva Theatre is dedicated to create and produce singular theatre productions and programs that serve the Rochester region and beyond, by illuminating the fullness of our many human experiences. As Rochester’s flagship professional theatre, Geva is one of the most attended regional theatres in New York State. Geva operates two venues – the 516-seat Elaine P. Wilson Stage and the 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Stage.

 

Critical to Geva Theatre’s core values is an institutional culture of dignity, trust, and mutual respect. We are committed to upholding the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism in recruitment of staff in all departments. To that end, for all employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from persons of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, individuals with disabilities and all other identities and legally protected classes. Geva Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. All are welcome here.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience ranging from $105,000 to $120,000.

To apply, please submit a cover letter that addresses your experience and how you see your work aligning with Geva’s values, a resume, and three professional references.

 

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Geva Theatre is now accepting apprentice applications for our 2024 Summer Academy program!
Apprenticeships are available for three young professionals to work as assistant teachers with our Summer Academy Young Actor Conservatory training program. The focus of this year’s program is Shakespeare.

Apprenticeships are a full-time, paid position for four weeks between July 8 and August 3, 2024. Most apprentice candidates are recently graduated college students or college seniors, often (though not always) pursuing a degree in theatre. Housing and transportation is not included. Applicants must be available in person in Rochester, NY from July 6-August 3 to be considered.

To apply for a 2024 Summer Academy apprenticeship position, please send full contact information (phone number, email address, and physical mailing address during the months of February, March, and April), resume(s) – artistic, and work or professional – along with a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to Lara Rhyner at lrhyner@gevatheatre.org. Applications will be accepted from February 5-March 10, 2024; hiring decisions will be announced in mid-March.

Geva is committed to upholding the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racist theatre in recruiting staff in all departments. We actively encourage applications from persons of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and individuals with differing abilities. Geva Theatre Center is an equal-opportunity employer. All are welcome here.

(For information about this year’s Academy program, visit: gevatheatre.org/education/#summeracademy

Geva Theatre Center, a LORT B regional leader in Western New York, seeks applicants for Assistant Technical Director. The ATD will participate in the construction and installation of scenic elements, work closely with the Technical Director to help generate build and installation schedules, draft working drawings, oversee both full time shop employees and over-hire labor, and maintain production equipment. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, professional, positive, and have the following: a college degree or equivalent experience, strong leadership & communication skills, self-motivation, strong carpentry and metal working skills, working computer knowledge, experience with Vectorworks and CNC programming preferred, excellent knowledge of best practices for current construction and rigging techniques, 2+ years technical theater experience. Experience with stage automation is preferred. This is a full time, seasonal position, includes benefits and starts ASAP. Pay range is $18 – $22 per hour. Please include a cover letter, resume and references with the application form. Geva Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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LEAD CARPENTER – Geva Theatre Center, a LORT B regional leader in Western New York, seeks applicants for Lead Carpenter. The person will participate in the construction and installation of scenic elements, work closely with the Technical Director to help generate build and installation schedules, draft working drawings, oversee both full time shop employees and over-hire labor, and maintain production equipment. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, professional, positive, and have the following: a college degree or equivalent experience, strong leadership & communication skills, self-motivation, strong carpentry and metal working skills, working computer knowledge, experience with CAD and CNC programming preferred, excellent knowledge of best practices for current construction and rigging techniques, 2+ years technical theater experience. Experience with stage automation is preferred. This position starts ASAP, includes benefits. Pay rate is $17-18 per hour. Please include a cover letter, resume and references with the application form. Geva Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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Geva Theatre Center, a LORT B&D regional leader in Western New York, seeks applicants for part time production positions including: Backstage Run Crew, Follow Spot Operator, Wardrobe Run Crew, Scenic Carpenter, Scenic Artist, Props Artisan, Stitcher, Costume Crafts, Light and Sound Board Operators, Lighting and Audio Technicians. Under the supervision of the applicable Production department head, job duties will include the construction, maintenance and/or operation of various production elements. The ideal candidate will be diligent, organized, collaborative, positive and professional. Positions are on a part-time, “show-by-show” basis and will require evening and weekend work hours. Applications are accepted and filed on an ongoing basis, if a position is needed candidates that have applied will be contacted. Pay rate of $15.00 an hour. Please include a cover letter, resume and references with the application form by clicking Apply Now below. Geva Theatre Center is an equal opportunity employer. All are welcome here.

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Casting

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.  

General auditions for both union and non-union actors are held annually, prior to the beginning of each new season, at which time local actors are invited to present monologues and/or songs.

Local non-union casting is conducted in Rochester by Geva’s artistic staff. Please check this space for further information about any and all local casting calls. 

If you have any questions about casting at Geva, please email Casting@GevaTheatre.org

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Casting Call

Geva Theatre is pleased to announce youth auditions (ages 5-13) for A Christmas Carol! This year’s performances begin on November 28 and run in the Wilson Stage through December 30. Rehearsals will likely commence in the week of November 5. We will be hosting auditions on Tuesday, August 8 from 4-7pm at The Avenue BlackBox Theatre (780 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14621), on Saturday, August 12 from 3-6pm at Geva Theatre (75 Woodbury Blvd), and Tiny Tim auditions and callbacks on Monday, August 14 from 2-3pm with callbacks afterward at Geva. For an audition slot, please email  with “ACC – [Child’s Name]” in the subject line.

More details on the audition

 

Auditions Happening August 8, 12, 14

Past/Older Turkey Girl: (4’8”-4’11”)

Past An “angelic” young child who guides Scrooge on a journey into his past. Must be comfortable with heights! 

Older Turkey Girl An older girl who is sent by Scrooge to buy and deliver a Christmas turkey. 

Brave Boy/Boy Cratchit/Ignorance: (4’2”-4’6”)

Brave Boy A boy who sings carols with other children, who wants to share the holiday spirit with everyone, including the formidable Scrooge. 

Boy Cratchit One of Bob and Emily Cratchit’s youngest children who is so excited for Christmas dinner. 

Ignorance One of the children of Mankind, who hides beneath the Ghost of Christmas Present’s cloak. 

Older Eb/Peter: (4’8”-5’2”)

Older Eb A solitary child who was sent away to school and takes comfort in books. / 

Peter One of Bob and Emily Cratchit’s older sons, who helps his mother with Christmas dinner. 

Fan/Miss Fezz: (4’4”-4’6”)

Fan Eb’s sister, a delicate creature with a large heart, according to her brother.  

Miss Fezz A young party guest at Mr. Fezziwig’s Christmas party. 

Want/Girl Cratchit/Younger Turkey Girl/School Boy: (4’-4’3”)

Want One of the children of Mankind, who hides beneath the Ghost of Christmas Present’s cloak. 

Girl Cratchit One of Bob and Emily Cratchit’s youngest children who is so excited for Christmas dinner 

Younger Turkey Girl A younger girl who is sent by Scrooge to buy and deliver a Christmas turkey. 

School Boy A child at Ebenezer’s school, when we journey into his past.

Tiny Tim/School Boy: (3’5”-4’2”)

Bob and Emily Cratchit’s youngest child, a sweet boy who helps everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

School Boy A child at Ebenezer’s school, when we journey into his past.

Belinda/Miss Fezz/School Boy: (4’9”-5’2”)

Belinda One of Bob and Emily Cratchit’s older daughters, who helps her mother with Christmas dinner 

Miss Fezz A young party guest at Mr. Fezziwig’s Christmas party. 

School Boy A child at Ebenezer’s school, when we journey into his past.

Miss Fezz/Servant Girl/School Boy: (5’1”-5’3”)

Miss Fezz A young party guest at Mr. Fezziwig’s Christmas party. 

Servant Girl A young servant in Fred Scrooge’s household. 

School Boy A child at Ebenezer’s school, when we journey into his past.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Geva

Critical to Geva Theatre Center’s core values is an
institutional culture of dignity, trust, and mutual respect.
In every decision we make, we strive to uphold the
principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to facilitate
artistic excellence and risk.