Geva Theatre Center is offering free, virtual, Zoom-based workshops for classroom teachers and their students from March 29th – May 14th, 2021.
Each workshop is offered free of charge. To optimize participation, target enrollment is 20 students per session. Up to 30 may be considered upon discussion. These workshops are offered at no charge to do our part in spreading hope and connection amidst the challenges educators and students are facing daily.
Workshop with Skip Greer
“Chancing an Arm” and Space Travel: Keys to Exploring a Character
What do you believe in? How does understanding our current modes of space travel help an actor explore the depth and breadth of their character? Why do 15th century castles have a small door embedded into their front door? Mail slot? Pet door? Skip Greer, Geva’s Artist in Residence and Director of Education, weaves the answers to these questions and many more into a zoomed 45-minute drama workshop for your class. This workshop is intended for grades 7-12.
About the Instructor:Skip Greer has been an actor, director and teacher for over 30 years. He’s currently the Artist in Residence/Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. Skip is entering his 25th season at Geva. Roles at Geva include: Erik Blake in The Humans, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, Arthur Przybyszewski in Superior Donuts, and the Stage Manager in Our Town, among others. Other theatres include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Indiana Rep Theatre, White Heron Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Studio Arena, Syracuse Stage, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Gary Marshalls Falcon Theatre, where he directed Charles Durning, Jack Klugman, Paul Dooley and Graville Van Deusan in the sold-out Golf With Alan Shepard. Skip has toured Europe, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands teaching and performing theatre.
Workshop with Lara Rhyner
Exploring Connection and Inspiring Imagination
How can a favorite story illuminate what you value and fuel creativity and connection? In this workshop, students will harness creativity through recall, association, and perspective, and collaborate with their classmates to create a devised work inspired by a reflection of each individual participant. At a time when we’re all feeling a little adrift, the power of focusing inward to center on what we believe in, meaningful connection with others, and freeing up imagination are the goals of this thoughtful and engaging workshop. This workshop is intended for grades 7-12.
About the Instructor: Lara Rhyner is in her 8th season as Geva’s Associate Director of Education and the Director of Geva’s Summer Academy program. Throughout the year she oversees a number of Geva’s anchor educational programs, including Geva’s P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee Series, the nationally acclaimed Stage Door Project program, and Geva’s accessibility services, among others. Previous acting, directing, artist-educator, and program director work includes Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Wyoming Center for the Arts, Pones Inc. Laboratory of Movement, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Magik Theatre, and BoarsHead Theatre. BFA Directing from Texas State University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Workshop with Caitlin Milizia
Intention and Movement
Are you an experienced mover? Never danced a day in your life? Fear not! Through the guidance of Caitlin Milizia, Geva’s Management Associate and a professional dancer and dance instructor, students will explore basic movement and full body connectivity in a way that supports theatrical performance. With a strong focus on effort and dynamics, students will build a deeper understanding of how to tell a more realistic story through supportive body language while building confidence in their ability to improvise movement through a variety of individual and group exercises. This workshop can be modified for any grade level.
About the Instructor: A native from Brockport, NY, Caitlin got her start in dance at the age of three at Lisa’s Dance Boutique in Holley. In 2012, she graduated from The College at Brockport, State University of New York with her B.F.A. in Dance and a minor degree in Business Administration. She has trained in a number of dance styles including ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, tap, African, and hip-hop. After college, she spent a few years in New York City taking class, teaching for The DanceSource (Queens), and working with both Suzanne Beahrs Dance Company and Hanna Q Dance Company. Caitlin has had the pleasure of working and performing with various choreographers including Bill Evans, Heather Roffe, James Hansen, Mariah Maloney, Rebecca McArthur, and Sarah Zehnder at venues including Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Concert, the American Dance Guild Festival, New York Live Arts, the Rochester Fringe Festival, and more. She is currently the Management Associate at Geva Theatre Center, a dancer with Catalyst DanceWorks, and a dance instructor for both Lisa’s Dance Boutique and Platinum Dance Company.
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Every year we select the Geva Wilson and Fielding stage productions with strong curricular tie-ins to share with student audiences through our P.L.A.Y. (Performance=Literature+Art+You) Student Matinee Series. We produce work that celebrates the human experience. The purpose and power of the theatrical event has always been to come together in the theatre and discover a new understanding of ourselves and, in turn, others. In the theatre, making such connections is the work we do every single day; Geva’s Education department is here to share the inquiry and discovery with your students.
You bring your students to an exciting, professional school-day performance: we’ll make it easy, enriching, and fun! When you make a student matinee reservation, you’re buying more than just a ticket; you’re choosing a complete educational journey for your students. Be sure to maximize your experience by taking advantage of all the surrounding P.L.A.Y. program components listed below that are included in your ticket price!
Our P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee Series transports students through time and culture. These plays, a selection of productions from our current Geva season, visit a diverse spectrum of emotions, extraordinary characters, and powerful events as seen through the eyes of exceptional playwrights. Each Student Matinee ticket entitles you and your students to not only see the production, but also to enjoy all of the surrounding programming (such as Discovery Workshops and Actor Visits) that accompanies each P.L.A.Y. production to enrich your students experience at Geva and to deepen their connection to the play and curriculum.
2021-2022 Student Matinees:
Geva is pleased to announce that we will be offering a free, virtual student matinee performance (live on Zoom from Geva’s Wilson Stage) of The Real James Bond…was Dominican, written and performed by Christopher Rivas.
The student matinee performance will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30am. A talkback with writer and performer Christopher Rivas will immediately follow at 12:15pm.
This production is intended for classroom and homeschool young adult students in grades 7 – college due to language and content.
We are offering this performance free of charge to classroom teachers to do our part to spread hope and connection amidst the challenges classroom and homeschool educators, administrators, and their students are facing daily during this period of time.
Please note: This offering is a live-streamed virtual performance, therefore a recording of the performance will not be available at a later date or for “on demand” or “anytime” viewing. If your classroom schedule cannot accommodate the student matinee performance at 10:30am on Thursday, May 20th, please contact Associate Director of Education Lara Rhyner at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible alternatives.
Teachers, visit this link to register for free, virtual access for your students to this student matinee performance: https://gevatheatrecenter.formstack.com/forms/bond_student_access. Registration must be completed by May 17.
The Real James Bond…was Dominican
Written and Performed by Christopher Rivas
Developed with and Directed by Daniel Banks
Original score and percussion by Wilson Torres
Synopsis: A charming true story – but not one you’ve seen – about Porfirio Rubirosa, international man of mystery, and the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s iconic James Bond character. Eight-year-old Christopher Rivas, a Dominican boy from Queens, is obsessed with James Bond. When he finds out the inspiration behind his hero was also Dominican, his world is rocked to the core. The Real James Bond … Was Dominican is an enthralling and highly personal story of one young man’s guide to love, success, and reclaiming your identity.
Topics for Exploration: Porfirio Rubirosa • Whitewashing • History and exploration of Hispaniola • Self-worth and belonging • Toxic masculinity • Colorism • Coming of age • Cultural specificity • Challenging stereotype and expectations • Unpacking icons, heroes, and role models • Acknowledging totality of humanity • Cost of pretending • Dominican and Haitian racial identity and complexities • Standards of beauty and race
Geva’s e-Discovery Guide, with extensive educational content, includes resources curated by Geva Artist-Educator Andrea Parada (SUNY Brockport Professor of Literature and Cultures, Gender Studies, and Contemporary Social Issues of Spanish America, and Navigating Caribbean Identity). This guide will be emailed to all educators who complete the registration form no later than Monday, May 17, 2021.
Instructions for Educators:
- Fill out this online registration form by May 17 to let us know of your intent to participate: https://gevatheatrecenter.formstack.com/forms/bond_student_access
- You’ll receive a follow-up from Geva with the e-Discovery Guide and your Zoom link to attend the performance.
Please contact Associate Director of Education Lara Rhyner at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
Teachers are invited to Geva during the weeks prior to every student matinee to join company members and the education staff in discussion of the play, its historical and literary context, theatrical craft and artistic process. Bring your questions to be answered first-hand by those who are hard at work on the production you will see, and share curriculum connections and ideas with other educators.
Teachers who would like to attend a preview performance of any production in the P.L.A.Y. Series prior to bringing a group to a student matinee may call to request a complimentary preview ticket.
Packed with information about the play and its origins, relevant context, suggested discussion questions, and related activities, the Discovery Guide unlocks every production’s essential issues and avenues for exploration.
For Discovery Guides of past productions, please contact Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at (585) 420-2058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easy to schedule, in classroom, interactive Discovery Workshops make a personal connection with every student who will attend designated performances in our P.L.A.Y. series. An artist-educator will explore the play’s themes, onstage artistry, and the conceptual approach for each production through engaging activities and thought-provoking discussion questions. These free workshops are limited to 30 participants; larger groups will be accommodated in multiple sessions. Please note that Discovery Workshops are not offered for A Christmas Carol.
All P.L.A.Y. performances are immediately followed by a dialogue with cast members, providing students and teachers with the opportunity to respond to the performance and ask questions of the cast and crew about the process that went into its creation.
Invite an actor to walk off the stage and into your classroom after a P.L.A.Y. performance. We know that direct contact with our theatre artists will extend and enhance the dialogue that begins with each performance. How do performers channel their personal passion, intellectual curiosity, rigorous professionalism, and brave creativity in the creation of a role? Call to discuss scheduling options so that you and your students can find out! Actor Visits are subject to cast availability.
Page to Stage
An intensive program intended for small groups of mature high school students, Page to Stage invites students to attend the initial reading of a P.L.A.Y. production, as well as a blocking rehearsal, run-through, technical rehearsal, preview, and performance. Students enjoy the opportunity to engage the director, actors, Geva’s crafts artisans, and designers in a dialogue regarding the show’s progress, and share a report with us diagramming their insights.
Please note: The scheduling and transportation requirements for participation in this program are significant, and opportunities are limited. Geva will gladly evaluate any school’s request to participate to ensure that we provide an outstanding experience for your students while protecting the integrity of our professional artists’ process. Please call Skip Greer, Director of Education, at (585) 420-2073 or email email@example.com to discuss your interest.
How to Arrange for a Student Matinee and P.L.A.Y Programming
To reserve your seats for a Student Matinee production or to schedule any component of our P.L.A.Y. programming, please call Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at (585) 420-2058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and many performances sell out; don’t wait! Receive one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets ordered.
Can’t come during the school day but want to bring students to a public performance in the evening or on a weekend? You’re still entitled to all of the benefits of our educational programming! Learn how to bring a group to a public performance here.
All the programs above are designed to work in tandem with each of our individual Student Matinee productions. For alternatives, which are not specific to particular productions, you may also want to supplement your theatre visit with a Touchstone Workshop, a visit on Career Day, or a Theatre Tour. You can learn more about these opportunities by clicking on the tabs above.
RCSD Passport Program
Are you an educator with the Rochester City School District? To learn more about Geva’s Passport Program, which provides educators within the RCSD with free tickets to bring their students to select performances in the P.L.A.Y. student matinee series, please click here.
Premiering during the summer of 2020, Geva’s Masterclass Series will feature a selection of 1-hour videos on a wide variety of theatre subjects to include Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, the Business of Theatre, Design, Teaching Theatre, etc. These videos will include conversations and interviews with Geva’s education team, staff, and artists. We look forward to sharing this informative, engaging, and inspiring content with educators and students alike here on this page. Check back throughout the summer to enjoy the latest in Geva Masterclasses!