Box Office: 585-232-Geva (4382) Tue-Sat 12-6pm. Sun & Mon Closed

Student Matinee

P.L.A.Y. Student Series

Our P.L.A.Y. (performance = literature + art + you) Student Matinee Series welcomes student audiences into the theatre for selected performances. You bring your students to an exceptional, professional school-day performance; we’ll make it easy, enriching, and fun. 

The Wizard of Oz

September 27 and 28 at 10:30am

Frida … A Self Portrait

November 2 at 10:30am

A Christmas Carol

December 5

December 6

December 12

December 13 

December 19 

December 21 

*all matinees for A Christmas Carol begin at 10:30am*

Dial M for Murder

February 8 at 10:30am

Sanctuary City

March 26 and 28 at 10:30am

The Color Purple

June 6 and 12 at 10:30am

• Tickets may be reserved by contacting Olivia Spenard at 585-420-2052. Reservations can only be made via phone (No reservations will be accepted via email)

• All student matinees tickets are $20 per ticket.

• 1 complimentary chaperone ticket is included for every 15 student tickets purchased.

• Final confirmation of ticket numbers is due three (3) weeks in advance of the Student Matinee performance.

• All payments must be received in full by two (2) weeks prior to the date of the performance. Reservations that will only provide payment after the performance takes place (including from a third party) will not be accepted.

• Student Matinees begin promptly at 10:30am. Groups are advised to coordinate their transportation to arrive at 10am and depart at approximately 1pm (varying by show), following the post-show talkback with cast members.

• Seating accommodations for persons with disabilities or special needs are available, and we offer free and convenient bus parking

• All Student Matinees include:

    Teacher Preview: Teachers who would like to attend a performance prior to bringing a group to a Student Matinee may request a complimentary preview ticket (for lead teacher(s) only).


    Discovery Guide: Packed with information about the play, relevant context, suggested discussion questions, and related activities, the Discovery Guide unlocks every production’s essential issues and avenues for classroom exploration.

    Discovery Workshops: A professional artist-educator will travel to your school to explore the play’s themes and production values, and inspire curiosity for the production. These interactive workshops are free, easy to schedule, take place in your own classroom and, most importantly, make a personal connection with students before they come to the theatre. (Discovery Workshops are not offered for A Christmas Carol).

    Post-Show Talkback: Performances are immediately followed by a conversation with cast members so that students may respond to the performance and ask questions.

Every year we select the productions we most want to share with student audiences for our P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee Series. 

We produce work that celebrates the human experience. The purpose and power of a theatrical event has always been to come together to discover a new understanding of ourselves. Common Core Learning Standards say students will be able to “interpret, analyze and evaluate narratives, poetry, and drama by making connections to other texts, ideas, cultural perspectives, eras, personal events, and situations.” In the theatre, making such connections is the work we do each and every day; Geva’s education department is here to share the inquiry and discovery with your students. Let us pose new questions and share fresh insights. You and your students will explore each play this year as we do, inside and out. Experience the vibrant detail of a fully-staged production and the expressive power of ideas brought to life by phenomenal artists. Then talk with those very artists at the theatre following the performance. When you make a Student Matinee reservation, you’re buying more than a ticket; you’re choosing a complete educational journey for your students.

If you are an RCSD teacher interested in attending a performance with your students, contact Olivia Spenard  at  585-420-2052 to inquire about the possibility of free tickets through the Passport Program.

Education Subscription

We want you to become more familiar with Geva and enjoy the full range of our productions as you plan your students’ experiences. Geva offers a discounted education subscription package for teachers and other educators. A current school ID for full-time teachers, student teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and school librarians is needed for verification. (This offer excludes some performances and seating locations) To learn about our Education Subscription, call the Geva Box Office: (585) 232-4382. 


Evening and Public Performances 

We also welcome student groups to our evening performances and public matinees – with many of the benefits of our P.L.A.Y. programming. A complete performance schedule is available on our website: To reserve tickets for evening performances or public matinees, contact the Box Office at (585) 232-4382, then let Geva’s education department know of your plans to attend so that we may include you in the production’s educational programming.

Cornell Weinstein Family Foundation

Donald F. & Maxine B. Davison Foundation

ESL Charitable Foundation

Richard & Joan Fenton

Dr. Tomás C. Hernandez & Dr. Keith S. Reas

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation

William & Sheila Konar Foundation

Kathleen & Alfred Laitenberger

Guido & Ellen Palma Foundation

Eric & Elizabeth Rennert

Rubens Family Foundation

Joseph & Irene Skalny Charitable Trust

Summer Academy

Geva Theatre's Young Actor Conservatory

Summer Academy is a four-week professional theatre training program for up to 30 selected young actors, ages 12 to 18, who wish to explore, define and develop the actor in themselves. Open to students of all levels of theatre experience, Summer Academy will provide process-centered training in intimate classes taught by theatre professionals. The summer culminates in a professional showcase. Summer Academy 2024 program and audition information is now available!

Audition for Summer Academy 2024!

Appointments required

  • Friday, March 8th from 4pm – 6pm
  • Saturday, March 9th from 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday, March 10th from 10am – 4pm

To schedule your 15 minute audition, please call our Education department at 585-420-2052

Apply now for a 2024 Summer Academy Apprenticeship Position!

To apply, please email the following to Lara Rhyner at

  • Full contact information (phone number, email address, and physical mailing address during the months of February-April)
  • Any resume(s) you may have, artistic, and work or professional
  • Cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications

Applications will be accepted from February 5th – March 10th, 2024. Hiring decisions will be announced mid-March.


Education Advisory Committee

Our Education Advisory Committee gives teachers a voice in Geva’s educational programming and provides a strong connection to implement that programming back into the classroom. The committee consists of educators from public, private, and charter schools (elementary, middle school, and high school levels), representing inner city, suburban, and rural schools, and representatives from organizations that act as liaisons between cultural institutions and schools. Typically, the Education Advisory Committee meets once in the fall and once in the spring.

How to Join the Education Advisory Committee

Please contact Lara Rhyner, Acting Director of Education at (585) 420-2058 or if you have an interest in joining the advisory committee.

Educator Subscriptions

Investigate the Possibilities

Are you considering opportunities to use theatre visits in combination with your classroom goals? We want you to become more familiar with Geva as you plan your students’ experiences.

Geva offers a discounted Education subscription package for the Wilson stage! A current school ID for full-time teachers, student teachers, principals and school librarians is needed for verification. 

(Seating is available in Section A and Section B and is limited to 1 seat per educator – offer excludes Friday and Saturday evening performances.)

Mailing List

Sign Up for the Education Mailing List

Are you on our education mailing list yet? If not, this is your first step!

To stay updated on Education opportunities at Geva like Summer Academy, young artist workshops, and more, contact Olivia Spenard at (585) 420-2052 or to subscribe. Please include your name, phone number, and email address, and let us know if you have any particular areas of interest.

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We're Your Resource Too

Geva Theatre Center’s artist-educators are integrated into the theatre’s education programming to teach Geva’s artistic work to students in a variety of settings. Each year, Geva’s education and community programs serve over 16,000 students with in-school workshops, theatre trips, artist visits and demonstrations.







Geva's Education Staff

We're Your Resource Too

 We are always thrilled to discover how our work can fuel your teaching goals and inspire your students. We would be honored to serve as a resource for educators and students by providing resources, offering support and curricular inspiration, sharing in conversations with educators, or visiting your  classroom to join a discussion with your students about any aspect of theatre.

Please feel free to call or email Lara Rhyner or Olivia Spenard to share how we may be of assistance to you and your students.

Contact Information

Lara Rhyner
Interim Director of Education
(585) 420-2058

Olivia Spernard
Education Assistant
(585) 420-2052

We have investigated the history of the land on which Geva sits, and acknowledge that it is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Onöndowa’ga, known in English as the Seneca. We offer gratitude and respect to their elders past and present, and we pledge to disrupt our comfort in the colonizer’s story of how that land was taken from them. We have shared this story on our blog, on our website and in our playbills. We commit to offering land acknowledgements in our public and internal gatherings, and we are beginning a dialogue to identify the ways in which we can be of service to the Indigenous communities in and around Rochester, which is only a first step towards a right relationship with the people who have stewarded this land from time immemorial.

We also acknowledge that the founding of the regional theatre movement mirrored social constructs of a time that afforded privilege to some and excluded others on the basis of factors including (but not limited to) race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, class and ability. We commit to actively disrupt the vestiges of those structures through our anti-racist policies and practices at our theatre.

Status: We have deepened our relationship with Ganondagan, and are building a new partnership, exploring possible artistic collaborations and planning for the future.

We have begun the process of articulating new institutional statements of our mission, vision and values to make sure they honor our anti-racist ethos. We commit to evaluating these statements on an ongoing basis.

Status: This was completed in 2021, and a new evaluation of those statements will happen again during out strategic planning process. 

We have made a commitment to comprehensive anti-racism training for our staff, volunteers and board, with a budgetary and time commitment.

Status: We have hired ArtEquity to lead us in this training and are beginning the process of building a core team and setting training times for both staff and board, to happen concurrently. 

We are creating new policies to enshrine anti-racist hiring practices. These include: reevaluating job descriptions/postings to eliminate any unnecessary requirements that could limit who may apply; including pay ranges in job postings; expanding our networks to promote opportunities; and, evaluating candidates’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and anti-racism work.

Status: We have created these policies and these practices are in effect. 

We are developing a 360-degree feedback process for executive leadership that will include surveying staff, trustees and artists.

Status: The Board completed this plan in May, 2022, and the plan is to implement these reviews in spring, 2023.

We are evaluating partnerships, sponsorship arrangements, and advertising relationships with media outlets and will engage with organizations that are committed to becoming anti-racist. We are seeking out BIPOC vendors and those who share our anti-racist values.

Status: We ended paid advertising with media companies that did not share our anti-racist values and have built on our relationships with Blaque/Out Magazine and CNY Latino media, specifically.

We are examining our policies around the scheduling and platforms for media appearances of guest artists to protect their time and avoid problematic media interactions.

Status: We no longer ask actors to present Prologue before performances, or make any other appearance before a performance (including toasts). They are paid when they participate in Sunday Salons or other Education programming. Artists are not currently being asked to participate in Advancement activities. And we do not send artists to appear at media outlets who do not share our values. And when issues have occurred with specific media hosts, we have addressed those issues in real time. We are also trying to be mindful of time – not asking too much of any one artist, and being careful about the timing of media asks (not during tech, for example).

We are revising our formal paid holiday recognitions, which will now include Native American Heritage Day, Martin Luther King Jr. day, and Juneteenth. Also, in recognition that our staff comes from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds, we will add two additional floating holidays to our official holiday policy to allow for individuals to observe holidays that are not recognized within our current calendar.

Status: We have made this revision to our holiday recognitions. 

We will continue to compile our racial equity data annually and be transparent with the results.

Status: Data about creative teams – in the 21-22 season, casts were approximately 27% white, 73% BIPOC. As of August 1, 2022, our Board of Directors is 28% BIPOC, our full-time staff is 10% BIPOC and our part-time staff is 21% BIPOC.


We created an Artistic Council to incorporate the invaluable perspectives of a broader range of underrepresented communities into the season planning process.

Status: The Artistic Council was invaluable in the planning of our 21-22 and 22-23 seasons. We are currently evaluating how we want to proceed, and have added Director of Engagement Rachel DeGuzman and Playwright in Residence Harrison David Rivers to our season planning process in the meantime.


We have committed to producing on our stages at least one play written by each of the four playwrights from the Recognition Radio festival celebrating Black stories over the coming years.

Status: In ‘21-‘22, we produced Christina Anderson’s play How To Catch Creation. In ‘22-‘23, we are producing Harrison David Rivers’ play we are continuous, and Harrison is our Playwright in Residence.


We commit to assembling dynamic, inclusive and equitable creative teams addressing the cultural competency needed for each project. Our teams will include a range of artistic, cultural and identity perspectives with BIPOC artists and female artists in each team. To be transparent in our efforts we commit to annual reporting on our creative team demographics.

Status: From August 2021 to July 2022, creative teams for our subscription shows were 51% BIPOC (adding in A Christmas Carol brings the percentage to 43%). And 63% of creative teams were female-identifying (adding in A Christmas Carol brings the number to 57%). In this same period, the writers and composers were about 32% BIPOC and about 23% female-identifying.


Over the past 25 years, Geva has fully produced 29 world premieres on our stages, 17% of them authored by BIPOC writers. In order to build new relationships that might lead to future premiere productions, we commit to focusing on commissioning and developing the new plays of BIPOC writers. For the next five years Geva will dedicate funding of no less than three quarters of our commissioning and workshop budgets to developing the plays and musicals of BIPOC writers.

Status: In ‘21-‘22, we produced one workshop of Somewhere Over the Border. In 22-23, we are producing 4 new play workshops, 3 of which are developing plays by BIPOC writers. Our commitment to Harrison David Rivers as playwright in residence also contributes here. And we are continuing to develop new relationships with BIPOC writers as well as Deaf writers.


We have created an anti-racist code of conduct for the rehearsal room and the theatre at large, which articulates a process for responding to acts of bias, thereby prioritizing the needs of people over product.

Status: This is shared in actor packets in the apartments, and is posted in the rehearsal room and in the theatre. 


We commit to examining and eliminating production practices that disproportionately impact BIPOC artists. These practices include the industry-wide standard of requiring overly long days during technical rehearsals.

Status: As a general rule, we have tried to eliminate 10/12s, but this is still an area we need to continue focusing on.

We are re-imagining our front of house and ushering policies and procedures, as well as our approach to audience engagement, to ensure that our space is a welcoming space for all.

Status: We are exploring barriers to access, specifically around language, and have begun an exploration of this with Somewhere, providing a synopsis and credits in Spanish, with a full Spanish language playbill online. This will be re-visited.


We have articulated Geva’s Invitations to Play, which recognizes the many and diverse ways that audiences experience theatre together, and makes clear the expectation that all will be welcomed and respected in our spaces. This will be shared with all audiences.

Status: These are posted in our lobby, in our playbills and on our website.


As a non-profit organization incorporated for the public good, and with our center city location that has served as a gathering place for the region since 1868, we continue our longstanding commitment to supporting peaceful social justice demonstrations. For example, in 2020 we opened our lobby for respite and medical supplies, and we will remain responsive to local social justice organizers in the future whenever possible.


We will establish a Board Working Group dedicated to our engagement activities, as part of prioritizing that work throughout our season, not on a show-by-show basis.

Status: Director of Engagement, Rachel DeGuzman will be making reports to the IDEA committee this season.