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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 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, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ 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 Director of Education Lara Rhyner at 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 & anti-racist theater in recruitment of staff in all departments. We actively encourage applications from women, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and individuals with disabilities. Geva Theatre 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 talented and entrepreneurial Resident Director/Associate Producer to join its senior leadership team. Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Resident Director/Associate Producer will work on all aspects of programming and artistic producing the season, take the lead on developing non-subscription programming in the 180 seat Fielding stage, and will direct for the company. As a member of the senior management team, they will participate in big picture thinking around both daily challenges and opportunities and the institution’s future.

Responsibilities:

The Resident Director/Associate Producer will be responsible for planning and producing non-subscription programming in Geva’s 180 seat Fielding Stage, working on overall season programming, producing and casting, and directing for the company. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Join Geva’s Curation Team, also composed of the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director/Director of Connectivity, Literary Manager/Artistic Associate, and Artists in Residence, who work on curating Geva’s programming.
  • The Resident Director/Associate Producer will take the lead on planning additional off-subscription Fielding programming, potentially including cabaret/music series, partnerships with other organizations, work in process showings, and presenting outside productions.
  • Work with the Artistic Director and General Manager on artistic producing the season, including putting together creative teams for each show, and liaising with directors and creative teams around their productions
  • Organize and schedule season casting, including overseeing processes on each season production with New York based Casting Directors, and working with the Literary Manager/Artistic Associate and Education Director on local and student casting, including casting understudies.
  • Direct at least one production each season for the company.
  • Along with the Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director/Director of Connectivity, and Literary Manager, the RD/AP will be one of the artistic faces of the organization, playing a leading role in welcoming people to Geva and building Geva’s relationships in Rochester and beyond.
  • Maintain relationships with artists and other theatres to keep abreast of productions, trends, opportunities for new plays, sharing productions, exciting artists, etc.

Desired traits in a successful candidate:

  • Experience in directing, producing and casting both plays and musicals,
  • Creative thinking and an entrepreneurial approach to expanding programming in alignment with Geva’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan
  • Excitement for shows that connect Geva to its Rochester Communities in multiple ways
  • Passion to bring new artists to Geva, keep up to date with best practices in producing, and willingness to travel as needed for work
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • A passion for theatre that embraces the art form’s spirit of collaboration
  • 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 women, persons of color, 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 $60,000-$70,000.

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, 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 women, persons of color, 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.

Apply Now!

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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Geva Theatre, a professional regional theatre in Rochester, NY with LORT B & D stages, seeks qualified run crew members for three shows during the first half of our 2024/2025 season. We are looking to hire stagehands, follow spot operators, A2s, wardrobe crew and production assistants. Each of the three shows on our fall schedule will require approximately a 6-8 week commitment.

The primary responsibility will be attending all technical rehearsals and performances (8 shows a week) for each production. Performances are weeknights, weekend afternoons and weekend evenings. Crew calls involve any necessary preshow set up and post show restore for the position assigned.

Candidates must have demonstrated skill in the area they are applying for and at least some experience in the live professional theatre. Pay rate is $15.50 per hour depending on experience. These are ideal jobs for early career candidates or recent college graduates. We are particularly interested in candidates from the greater Rochester area.

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, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and individuals with disabilities. All are welcome here.

Please include a cover letter, resume and references with the application form. Geva Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply Now!

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 Theatres 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.