A Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 30, 2022
By Charles Dickens
Adapted & Directed by Mark Cuddy
Music & Lyrics by Gregg Coffin
Musical Direction by Don Kot
Choreography by Meggins Kelley
The sparkling classic returns, full of spectacular magic, heartwarming music, and holiday tradition. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who remind him who he was and what he might yet become. He learns the true meaning of the season and that it’s never too late to make a new start. The famous tale of redemption for the most despised man in London will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit in this critically acclaimed adaptation.
JOJO J.M. ADAMS (Londoner/Ensemble), most recently seen at Blackfriars Theatre as Sir Robin in their productions of Spamalot, JoJo is a current theatre student wherein he has been in a variety of roles and shows such as Speech & Debate (Solomon), The Glass Menagerie (Tom), Spring Awakening (Ernst) and The Triangle Factory Fire Project (William Shepherd). His love for the theatre began thanks to the wonderful Drama Club program at his high school, Mynderse Academy. Some of his favorites include Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), Inherit the Wind (Henry Drummond), and Murder on the Nile (Simon Mostyn). He would like to extend thanks to his family, especially his parents who have supported him through every performance, and his wonderful girlfriend who’s been there every step of this journey.
GENESIS ARRINDELL (Miss Fezziwig/Belinda) is an eighth grader at School of the Arts. She made her regional debut at Geva with A Christmas Carol (Fan, Miss Fezziwig) last winter. Her favorite subjects are Spanish and math. Her hobbies include reading, horseback riding and arts and crafts, but music and singing have been her passion from an early age. She loves performing songs that are positive and cheerful. Gospel and hiphop songs are some of her favorite styles. In 2022 she performed the Underground Railroad Experience, as well as numerous performances of the song, “Stand Up.” She aspires to be a professional actress and singer or teacher because she wants to use her voice to speak up for those who have been silenced.
ROBBIE BEIRNE (Londoner/Ensemble) is currently a Sophomore student at SUNY Geneseo pursuing a BPS in Musical Theatre. He was recently featured in the ensemble of Geva’s Sister Act this summer. His recent shows at Geneseo include Into the Woods (Jack), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch). He would like to thank Don Kot for this amazing opportunity, as well as his loving parents Gus and Gina.
SOPHIA BENNY (Londoner/Ensemble) is a Junior Musical Theatre Major from Scotia, New York, and is pursuing a B.P.S. degree from SUNY Geneseo. She is so excited for her first production at Geva Theatre Center! At SUNY Geneseo, her favorite credits include Into The Woods (Little Red Ridinghood) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Shwartzy). She would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support, and thank Don Kot for this amazing opportunity!
JOEL BLUM (Mr. Fezziwig, The Ghost of Christmas Present, Subscription Gentlemen) made his Geva Theatre Center debut in A Christmas Carol in 2014. Most recently, Joel appeared in the musical, Boynton Beach Club at Surf Light Theatre; Beauty and the Beast at Papermill Playhouse; the world premiere of the hit Off-Broadway show Neurosis as well as the album; and John Kander and Greg Pierce’s new musical Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. He is featured in the album of the same Off-Broadway production. He’s toured the US, Canada, and Brazil with the National touring company of Billy Elliot, playing the role of George and receiving a Broadway World Award in San Francisco. Joel appeared in the co-production of Kiss Me, Kate at the Hartford Stage and the Old Globe in San Diego, playing Gangster Number One. He played Ike in the musical October Sky, also at the Globe. Broadway credits include Show Boat (nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor), Steel Pier (nominated for his second Tony Award), The Music Man playing Marcellus, 42nd Street (the original production, directed by Gower Champion), Stardust, Elaine May’s After the Night and the Music and The Debbie Reynolds Show. Off-Broadway credits include Golf – The Musical (2004 Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), And the World Goes ‘Round, and Game Show. Mr. Blum co-choreographed and appeared in the tours of Doctor Doolittle (starring Tommy Tune), 101 Dalmatians, And the World Goes ‘Round and Annie Get Your Gun (starring Debbie Reynolds). Regionally, he has appeared in numerous productions including Meet John Doe (Helen Hayes nomination), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Barrymore Award – Best Supporting Actor), Damn Yankees (starring Tony Randall), Pal Joey ’78 (starring Lena Horne), The Fabulous Lipitones at Florida Studio Theatre. TV credits include Ed, The Sopranos, two Bob Hope Specials, Sonny and Cher Show, The Tonight Show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Good Fight, and Law & Order twice!
CASEY BRONSON (Young Ebenezer/Peter) is ecstatic to be back in Geva’s A Christmas Carol! Casey made his stage debut as Tiny Tim in 2014 and has been part of the production ever since. Most recently, he was Young Charlie Chaplin in Nazareth College’s 2020 production of Chaplin. His other favorite stage credits include Fagan’s Gangster in RAPA’s Oliver! Casey attends Calkins Road Middle School in Pittsford. He’s an avid swimmer and runner, plays the harmonica, and loves his two dachshunds Sunny and Luna. Much love to his family for their constant support!
KAYLA BUSH (Londoner/Ensemble) from Rome, New York, is a Senior Musical Theatre major pursuing a B.P.S. in Musical Theatre at SUNY Geneseo. She is very excited to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for this production! Previously at Geva, her credits include Sister Act (Tina/ Ensemble), and the 2021 production of A Christmas Carol (Ensemble). At SUNY Geneseo some of her favorite credits include Into The Woods (Baker’s Wife), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti). She would like to thank her family and friends for their unconditional love, and would like to give a special shout-out to Don Kot for this opportunity!
SCARLETT CANTABENE (Fan/Miss Fezziwig) Scarlett is excited to be in her first Geva production with A Christmas Carol! She has performed in many productions at OFC Creations Theatre Center including her favorite roles as Flounder (The Little Mermaid Jr), Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web), and Olaf (Frozen Jr). Scarlett also enjoys singing in her school chorus and playing the clarinet. She would like to thank her best friends and family for encouraging and supporting her throughout her acting career.
CLAUDIA COONAN (Londoner/Ensemble) Claudia, a Rochester native, is a student at SUNY Brockport pursuing a B.F.A in Dance. She is excited to return for Geva’s 50th anniversary season. Her previous acting credits include Elizabeth Williamson’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre u/s, Leah, Mary, Diana), Geva’s A Christmas Carol (Ensemble/Swing/Fred’s Wife), Playboy of The Western World (Sara Tansey), Breaking Up (Jennifer). She would like to thank her family for their endless love and support. @claudiaajanee
BRANDON DELGADO (Businessman/Marley/Schoolmaster/Miner/Topper) is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre debut. He is a proud native of New York City and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Recent theater credits include: Anastasia National Tour (Gleb), Evita (Che), and Les Miserables in Concert (Javert). @bdelgadonyc
OLIVIA ELOI-EVANS (Past/Turkey Girl/Londoner), a 5th grader in Brighton, has participated in theatre since the age of 5. She has appeared in Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, and Sleeping Beauty. Her most recent appearance was as Mother Abbess in OFC Creation’s production of The Sound of Music. Olivia is a talented dancer who has trained in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. She has performed at NBA games and participated in classes with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Debbie Allen Summer Intensive Dance Program. Olivia also enjoys tumbling and playing the violin. When she isn’t on stage, she is a competitive cheerleader with the NY Icons.
CAMERON FRANKE (Londoner/Ensemble) is a Senior Musical Theatre and Communication double major at SUNY Geneseo and is from Cornwall, New York. Some of his recent credits at Geneseo include Into the Woods (Baker), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache). He also appeared last year in Geva’s A Christmas Carol (Ensemble) and is super excited to be returning! He would like to thank everyone involved for making this production such a wonderful experience.
MILO GILLESPIE (Young Ebenezer/Peter) Milo Gillespie is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center for his fourth production of A Christmas Carol. Milo is in eighth grade at Livonia Middle/High School and enjoys basketball, playing guitar, and singing. His previous Geva stage credits include Young Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit (2019) and Boy Cratchit/Ignorance (2017, 2021). Milo is grateful to everyone at Geva for this opportunity and sends love to all his family, teachers, and friends.
AVERY GREENE (Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl) Avery Greene is a 3rd grader at Victor Central School. She has loved performing from a very young age, and loves being on stage! She is thrilled to perform with Geva Theatre Center for the first time! She is a competitive dancer with Little Red Dance Studio and has performed in several roles at Spotlight Theater for the Performing Arts. She also loves being in front of the camera and has done print modeling. Avery is grateful to everyone at Geva for this opportunity, and to all her creative instructors for helping foster her love of the arts and performing!
JULIA GULLO (Londoner/Ensemble), Julia is currently a senior at SUNY Brockport studying both theatre and dance. She is excited to join the cast of A Christmas Carol and hopes you enjoy the show!
HALEY GROGAN (Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl) is an eighth grader at Martha Brown Middle School. Other credits include Alice/Matilda u/s in Matilda the Musical (Syracuse Stage) and Jane/Cora in A Syracuse Christmas Carol (Redhouse Arts Center). Haley is especially grateful to Geva for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing holiday tradition and thankful for the continuing support of her family and friends. For more information, please see haleygrogan.com and @haleygroganacts.
ELENA HAAK (Past/Younger Turkey Girl) is excited about playing Past in Geva Theatre Center’s production of A Christmas Carol. She is in sixth grade at Martha Brown Middle School. Besides acting, Elena likes to play lacrosse, tennis, and violin. Elena is extremely grateful for this opportunity to be part of the Christmas Carol cast this year. She would like to thank her mom and dad and the rest of her family and friends for being supportive and awesome.
ROB HANCOCK (Fred, Apprentice Ebenezer, Young Husband) Rob Hancock made his Geva Theatre Center debut in the 2014 production of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Hancock appeared in the London production of Daddy Long Legs and the National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Regionally, he has appeared at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Northlight Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Theatreworks, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre, La Mirada, Skylight Music Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Resident Ensemble Players, Hangar Theatre and Laguna Playhouse. TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Royal Pains, True Blood: Postmortem, Guiding Light, and Greenport. Mr. Hancock has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra Japan, Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, and the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. He attended the University of Tennessee. Instagram: boorobbie
BRYNN HILL (Fan/Miss Fezziwig) is thrilled to join the cast of A Christmas Carol! Brynn has performed in summer theater productions of Aristocats (Dutchess), The Jungle Book (Kaa), and Peter Pan (Michael). She recently was a runway model for Rochester Fashion Week and is a 4th grader at West Irondequoit Iroquois Middle School. Brynn enjoys playing piano, volleyball, artistic swimming, and alpine ski racing. Brynn is thankful for this opportunity and would like to thank her grandparents for her love of theater, and her family for their support.
QUINN KENYON (Girl Cratchit/Want/Turkey Girl) is delighted to be in her first performance at Geva. Quinn has been singing with the Genesee Valley Children’s choir for 6 years and is in the sixth grade at Avon Middle School. Credits include Rise, a New Musical (Chaya) at JCC Centerstage, You Ain’t Nothin But A Werewolf (Dr. Dangerfield), Lion King Jr. (Young Nala) and Big Fish (Will’s son) at Avon Central School, Mary Poppins Jr (Jane Banks) at MTed, and La Bohème (child) at Finger Lakes Opera. Quinn is grateful for this opportunity to perform at Geva and would like to thank all her previous theater/music directors and parents for their support and encouragement.
QUYNH-MY LUU (Belle/Fred’s Wife/Martha/Young Wife) is so happy to be returning to Geva for the holidays! NYC: NYGASP: The Mikado (Yum-Yum). REGIONAL: Arvada Center: Into the Woods (Cinderella); Geva Theatre Center: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert); Virginia Repertory Theatre: Cinderella (Ella); Ford’s Theatre: Into the Woods (Rapunzel); Signature Theatre: A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), Daphne’s Dive (Jenn); Olney Theatre Center: Matilda (Acrobat), Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast; Fulton Theatre: The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Interlakes Summer Theatre: Miss Saigon (Kim). EDUCATION: BA in Musical Theatre from James Madison University. www.quynhmyluu.com.
RIVER LIPE-SMITH (Tiny Tim) is grateful for his Tiny Tim debut at Geva and hopes for many future performances. River loves pole vaulting, tennis, skiing and is working toward his Ninja Warrior purple band. When not running around outside, he can be found in third grade at Allen Creek Elementary School or inside dancing or practicing piano. River would like to thank his friends and older brother for inspiring his interest in theater. His parents aren’t bad either.
JEAN McCORMICK (Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Dilber) is thrilled to be back at Geva for another year of Christmas festivities. Favorite past credits include Sister Act (Geva), Murder On The Orient Express, Cinderella, 9 to 5, Our Town (Arrow Rock Lyceum); Nunsense (Artistree); Sweeney Todd (Denver Center); My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse); Mamma Mia, Les Miserables (Northern Stage); and Sylvia (New London Barn). She has released an album of old-timey songs, Have Your Cake and Swing It Too which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Thanks to everyone at Geva for always providing a wonderful home away from home. IG:@jeanmccormickny
WILDER MELNICK (Tiny Tim) is delighted at the opportunity to work with the Geva Theatre for the first time. Wilder enjoys dance and spends most of his free time singing or reading. Wilder has a passion for musical theatre and is grateful to be learning more with the Geva community. He would like to thank his supportive family, friends, neighbors, and teachers for believing in him.
MATTHEW MORGAN (Bob Cratchit/Dick Wilkins/Sailor/Undertaker’s Man) is pleased to join the Geva family, and to return to Mr. Cratchitt in this longrunning, timeless classic. Previous credits include: Rock & Roll Man (Chuck Berry/Screamin Jay); The Lion King (Bway, Vegas & National tours); Hairspray (Bway & Toronto companies); RENT (National tour). Many plays and readings: Best of Enemies; Blues for Mister Charlie, including the upcoming Uncle Remus, and Shout Sister Shout! Much LOVE to Kit/Con & family, Bohemia, and to the GEVA creatives! A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears! @mrmatthewsmorgan
MASON MORRISON (Boy Cratchit/Ignorance) is overjoyed to make his Geva debut! Mason is grateful to have participated in several area theatre productions. Some favorite past credits include JoJo (Seussical at Blackfriars), Young Tommy (Tommy in Concert at JCC), and Nipper (Oliver at OFC). He enjoys sharing his passion for performing with peers as the president of his 5th-grade drama club. Mason is thankful to everyone who supports his love of theatre!
GED OWEN (Gravedigger/Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing for the first time in Geva Theatre’s A Christmas Carol! He is a graduate of Nazareth College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. Previous credits include: Henry Bolingbroke in Richard II (The Company Theatre), Terrence the Blood Mage in Cell Outs (The Company Theatre), Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra (RCP), Dogberry in Much Ado (RCP), Jason in Sweat (JCC), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Red House Arts Center), Macbeth (RCP), Edmund in A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (RIP), Jack in Incorruptible (Out of Pocket), Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Wallbyrd), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Wallbyrd), Outer Gar in Philadelphia, Here I Come, and Banquo in Macbeth (Wallbyrd). In the near future, you can see Ged reprising his role of Terrence the Blood Mage in a spin-off web series through Tattered Hat Studios on YouTube! Ged would like to thank his wife and family for their continuous support both on and off the stage!
NAILAH PATRICIA ROLLINS-SNOWDEN (Miss Fezziwig/Belinda) is nine years old and was born in Rochester, NY. She is currently in 4th grade in the Gates Chili school district. Nailah loves to sing and dance and has a big personality. She has been actively pursuing her dream of becoming a famous actress by participating in plays and musicals through OFC Creations Theater Center for the last four years. This is her first time appearing in Geva’s A Christmas Carol and hopes to continue being a part of this wonderful tradition for years to come.
MICHAEL PRESTON (Ebenezer Scrooge) Regional: Hartford Stage (A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Fräulein Maria, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, Seattle Rep., and ACT. A longtime member of the Shaliko Company, based at La Mama in New York City, founded by Leonardo Shapiro. He also worked with such artists as John Sayles, David Cale, Wynn Handman, and Theodora Skipitares. For over a decade he toured the world as one of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, which included three different runs on Broadway. With them, he collaborated on and performed 9 different shows, ranging from the post-modern tragedy Le Petomane to an update of Room Service (winner of an L.A. Critic’s Award in 1998). They were nominated for an Olivier Award in London for Best Comedy in 1994. He directed their show, Life: A Guide for the Perplexed. He co-directed Peter and the Wolf with Barbara Karger, choreographed by Doug Elkins, in Amsterdam in 2001. Fräulien Maria (choreographed by Doug Elkins and codirected with Barbara Karger) finished touring the country after four award-winning years in 2013. He spent many seasons as a clown with Circus Flora, based in St. Louis. He was the Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Trinity College in Hartford Ct. until this year and directed many shows there and at the Hartt School. He is thrilled to be at Geva!
ALLEN P. SMELTZER (Londoner/Ensemble) He studied at Brockport College as a Theatre major. He has been in a multitude of college productions such as: Intimate Apparel (Mr. Marks), Stupid F@%#ing Bird (Dr. Sorn), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), and Our Country’s Good (Midshipman Harry Brewer). Additionally the production of Stupid F @%#ing Bird was selected for the KCACTF festival in Region 2. In his spare time Allen enjoys writing stories, playing DnD with friends, and reading as many books as he can get his hands on.
KATARINA SZULGIT (Miss Fezziwig/Servant Girl) Katarina Szulgit, an 8th grader at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, is honored to return to the cast of A Christmas Carol. One of the highlights this year was participating in the Geva Summer Academy. She has performed in many shows at OFC Creations. Her favorites include Head Over Heels (Philoclea), High School Musical Jr. (Gabriella), Newsies (Les), and Into The Woods (Little Red). In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, dancing (Garth Fagan Dance), running, and downhill skiing. She would like to thank her family, Laurel Barham and Judith Ranaletta as well as the ACC crew, cast, and directors. May God bless us, everyone!
ADAM URBANIC (Gravedigger) is a Rochester-based actor and stage manager, thrilled to be returning to Geva for his sixth season with A Christmas Carol. Some favorite recent credits include Richard II with the new Company Theatre, Spamalot with Geneva Theatre Guild, and The Taming of the Shrew with Wallbyrd Theatre Co. He would like to thank the full Christmas Carol team, for being such a joy to return to work with every season, and his family near and far who have lent their support and encouragement over the years.
CHLOE WEHNER (Fiddler) is passionate about sharing her love of music by teaching, performing, and collaborating. Being a busy musician all throughout the year, she has attended many music festivals including Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Aria Academy, and the AIMS music festival in Graz, Austria. Some of her professional experience includes playing in ensembles for the Rochester Association of Performing Arts, the Blackfriars Theatre, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, she attended Graduate School at Carnegie Mellon. Her performances with orchestras and chamber groups keep her busy, but she is especially excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol at Geva for the first time!
ASHER WOZNIAK (Boy Cratchit/Ignorance) is thrilled to be a part of A Christmas Carol. Asher loves theater and has performed in several Rochester productions, including a recent role as Timon in OFC’s The Lion King, Jr. In addition, Asher plays the violin, achieving NYSSMA level 5 in 2022. Asher is in fourth grade at Allendale Columbia School and would like to thank his family and friends for their love, support, and encouragement.
GREGG COFFIN (Composer/Lyricist) is delighted to be back at Geva Theatre Center. Mr. Coffin has composed, directed, arranged or orchestrated the music for productions in theatres throughout the U.S., Canada, China and South Korea including the Minetta Lane Theatre, the Duke on 42nd Street, the John Houseman Theatre (Off-Broadway), the ChungMu Art Hall (Seoul), the Stratford Festival of Canada, the National Arts Centre of Canada, Canadian Stage Company, the Tarragon Theatre (Canada), Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Guthrie Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, and the Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz, Alabama, California, Santa Fe, Georgia, Great River and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals.
MARK CUDDY (Adapter/Director) retired from Geva Theatre this past July after twenty-seven years as Artistic Director. He is now the Interim Artistic & Managing Director of Cleveland Play House. He adapted and directed A Christmas Carol in 2010, and has been directing it ever since. Recent Geva productions include Ring of Fire, Once, The Humans and Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre productions have been Private Lives, Sylvia, To Kill a Mockingbird, Good People, The Road to Where (world premiere), Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, You Can’t Take It With You, Company, Superior Donuts, The Music Man, Five Course Love, Fences, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Story, Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted), Bad Dates, Our Town, Tuesdays With Morrie, Urinetown, Splitting Infinity, Vigil, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, That Was Then (American premiere), Convenience (world premiere musical), 1776, Proof, the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North, which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., The Miser, the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden, Quilters, Art, Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO, Golf With Alan Shepard, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. From 2013-2015, he was also the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Sacramento Theatre Company.
PAUL HACKENMUELLER (Lighting Designer) returns to Geva Theatre Center and this production of A Christmas Carol after designing To Kill a Mockingbird in 2016. Broadway credits include work on over 10 productions including Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Fela!, Desire Under the Elms, A Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, and Aida. Mr. Hackenmueller has worked at theatres around the country including the Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, Princeton University / McCarter Theater Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, and The Juilliard School. Opera credits include work with Santa Fe Opera, Bucharest (Romanian) National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, The Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Colorado, and Pittsburgh Opera. Mr. Hackenmueller’s music performance work includes work with such artists as Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennett, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé. Commercial clients include Target Stores, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey, and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Hackenmueller received his B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch. He is a faculty member of the NYU Tisch Graduate Department of Design.
LINDSAY JONES (Sound Designer) s very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for A Christmas Carol which is his 23rd production here. Lindsay received two Tony nominations for Slave Play, and other Broadway credits include The Nap, Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Privacy, Dry Powder, and Barbecue at the Public Theater, Mankind and Bootycandy at Playwrights Horizons, Through the Night at Union Square/ Westside Theatres, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theater, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Ireland, Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, three Drama Desk Award nominations, two AUDELCO nominations, three Helen Hayes nominations, two Barrymore nominations, and many others. Film scoring includes HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary), and Family Practice for Sony Pictures. http://www.lindsayjones.com
MEGGINS KELLEY (Choreographer) is delighted to be back at Geva for A Christmas Carol. Now it really feels like Christmas! Ms. Kelley received her dance training at The School of American Ballet and was a soloist with the Orange County Ballet Theatre. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport. Meggins is well known in the area as a dance instructor and was founder and artistic director of Best Foot Forward Dance Company and Dancers’ Alley Dance Studio. As a theatrical choreographer, she has worked with JCC Center Stage, Blackfriars Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College and, of course, Geva.
ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) Previously at Geva: La Cage aux Folles, Hair, In the Heights. Internationally: Dreamgirls (Seoul, South Korea). Credits across the United States include productions Off-Broadway, The Old Globe, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Westport Country Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Music Theatre Wichita, Fulton Theatre, and Portland Stage. Awards include: Suzi Bass award for Outstanding Scenic Design for the immersive outdoor production of Titanic (Serenbe Playhouse), as well as Helen Hayes Award nominations for both Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre) and Bat Boy (1st Stage). Education: Carnegie Mellon University. See more at adamkochassociates.com and @instadamkoch on Instagram.
DON KOT (Musical Director) celebrates his 22nd season at Geva Theatre Center! Geva productions include Sister Act, Once, La Cage aux Folles, Hair, In the Heights, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to Normal, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Avenue Q, Company, The Music Man, Five Course Love, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776, A Christmas Carol (2002 – present), Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, One For My Baby, right next to me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife. He was also vocal coach and music arranger for Slow Food, Private Lives, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant (world premiere), The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town, and Inherit the Wind. Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center, Playwrights Horizons, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other regional credits include The Music Man, The Best of Forbidden Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack, Honk!, and The Most Happy Fella. National touring productions include Fosse, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mamma Mia, and Hairspray. Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree programs at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
DEVON PAINTER’s (Costume Designer) previous Geva credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Good People, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love, and Sweeney Todd. Ms. Painter lives in Grand View-on-Hudson, New York and teaches costume design at Binghamton University. New York credits include shows for Juilliard, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Culture Project, and many, many productions at The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as assisting the late Desmond Heeley on Broadway. Regional theatre credits feature designs for the Guthrie Theater, the Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, the Folger Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and American Players Theater in Wisconsin. Her design work was exhibited in Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Ms. Painter is a member of United Scenic Artists.
JEAN GORDON RYON (Dramaturg) served as Literary Associate/Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center for over twenty-five years, and she has been the dramaturg for the current version of A Christmas Carol since its first production in 2010. She has also been the dramaturg on many other Geva shows, including 1776, The Underpants, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Perfect Wedding, Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot, In the Heights, Steel Magnolias, Million Dollar Quartet, La Cage aux Folles, and Once. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Rochester Community Players: Shakespeare Program, and Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Closing Time, The Field, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Playboy of the Western World for Rochester Community Players: Irish Program. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature performers.
DAN SCULLY (Video/Projections Designer) is a Brooklyn-based projection and lighting designer who, through a background in the performing arts and computer engineering, explores the intersection of visual art, technology, and storytelling. Designs include If/Then (National Tour), Rocky (Broadway), Jedermann (Salzburger Festspeile), Untitled America (Alvin Ailey/ADT), A Charlie Brown Christmas (NY Pops), The Orchestra Moves! (Carnegie Hall), and The Runaway (New York City Ballet). Other projects include work with Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra Society, The Irish Rep, Trinity Repertory Theater, Royal Ballet of England, Asolo Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Ars Nova, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Body Traffic, San Francisco Symphony, The Juilliard School, Red Bull Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Folksbeine Yiddish.
EMILY STORK (Associate Lighting Designer) lighting designs for theatre, dance, opera, puppetry and performance art have been seen worldwide, including festivals in Italy, France, Scotland, and Israel and in the U.S. at places as diverse as PS 122, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Public Theater, La Mama, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Walker Arts Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the National Museum of the American Indian, On the Boards, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York, Lincoln Center and on the side of a building in Rochester, NY. In 2003, she was the resident lighting designer for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, where she had the pleasure of working with Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti on Wagner’s Lohengrin. Some of her favorite collaborations have been with Split Britches on Peggy Shaw’s To My Chagrin, Pig Iron Theater Company’s James Joyce is Dead and So is Paris, Norah Jones’ Album Release Party for Little Broken Hearts at the Box in NYC and on the world premiere of Greg Kotis’ All Your Questions Answered directed by Sean Daniels at Geva Theatre Center. She was the Lighting Director at The Juilliard School for 12 years, where she designed countless shows and special events including the Leading Ladies Gala starring Audra McDonald and Barbara Cook and the Tempest benefit reading with Sir Derek Jacobi. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829 (IASTE Local USA 829). Emily is the festival lighting designer for the Rochester Fringe Festival, where her designs included the aerialist dance group, Bandaloop, the Cirque du Fringe in the Magic Crystal Spiegeltent and the outdoor informal installation at the Spiegel Garden. Emily received her B.A. from State University of New York at New Paltz and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Examples of her work can be found at: www.emilystorkdesign.com
KATHERINE THESING (Stage Manager) (she/her) Katherine is thrilled to return to this Rochester Holiday Tradition! Geva Theatre Center: Jane Eyre, Sister Act, Somewhere Over the Border, How to Catch Creation, Airness, A Christmas Carol, and Ring of Fire. Regional Theatre: Block Association Project, Hype Man: a break beat play, Ring of Fire, Once on this Island, A Christmas Carol, We’ve Come to Believe, You Across from Me, Pipeline, Dracula, The Santaland Diaries, & Airness. (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Ring of Fire (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Other Theatre: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks), Much Ado, Richard II, Julius Caesar (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival). Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
SHANNON TOOT (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for A Christmas Carol 2022, after assistant stage managing last year and having appeared in the ensemble three times before that! Other ASM credits at Geva include Airness and Yoga Play. Shannon has also been on stage crew for Vietgone, How to Catch Creation, and Sister Act. She loves being a part of this Rochester holiday tradition!
ANDREW MARK WILHELM (Associate Sound Designer) Andrew is the current Sound Department Supervisor for Geva Theatre Center, as well as a Sound Designer. He most recently was the Sound Designer for Somewhere. Previous Geva credits include Sound Designer for How To Catch Creation, Airness, Ring of Fire, Once the Musical, and Revival: The Resurrection of Son House & Video Engineer for The Real James Bond … Was Dominican. He spent most of pandemic working on digital audio and video content for Geva, including the Recognition Radio festival, Christmas Carol on WARM 101.3, and Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Before Geva, he was a Sound Engineer and Resident Designer for PCPA in Santa Maria, California. Hailing originally from the Detroit area, with a BFA in Theatre Technology & Design from Oakland University, Andrew is fortunate to have worked in theatres from Florida to California, before settling here in Rochester at Geva.
ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON (Artistic Director) has built a distinguished career as a producer, director, dramaturg, and adaptor. She has worked extensively throughout the U.S. and around the globe, including on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in London’s West End before becoming the Artistic Director of Geva Theatre in 2022. For Geva Theatre, she directed and adapted Jane Eyre to launch the 50th Anniversary season. Other recent projects include dramaturging the Young Vic/West End/ Broadway production of Matthew López’ The Inheritance (Tony, Olivier, Critics Circle, Evening Standard, GLAAD, and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play, Outer Critics Circle Honoree); dramaturging the Hartford Stage/Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical) and Anastasia; artistic producing, co-directing and dramaturging the online version of Sarah Gancher’s Russian Troll Farm (TheaterWorks Hartford/TheatreSquared/The Civilians, New York Times’ “Best Theater of 2020”); directing and adapting Jane Eyre (Hartford Stage); dramaturging Bess Wohl’s Make Believe (Outer Critics Circle Honoree, New York Times’ “Best Theater of 2019”); and directing Henry V (Hartford Stage). Williamson’s extensive organizational leadership experience includes serving as Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City from 2008 – 2012 and as Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2012 – 2020. As a freelance artist, she has also worked for About Face Theatre, the Act French Festival, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, Court Theatre, Figureatret i Nordland in Norway, HERE, the La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Primary Shages, Theatre de La Jeune Lune, Universal Studios, Westport Country Playhouse, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and London’s Young Vic. Education: M.St. Oxford University, B.A., Bennington College, trained at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and with Complicité. She is the 2007 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation. Member: SDC, LMDA.
CHRISTOPHER MANNELLI (Executive Director) 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 theatre’s new business model. Chris 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, Chris 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 education 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), and 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 served for two years. He has also served on the board of directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the Washington Square Park Community Association. He currently serves on the corporate board for the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and the board of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) as a member of the executive and nominating committees. Chris 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.