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Leading these initiatives is Rachel Y. DeGuzman, Geva’s Associate Artistic Director/ Director of Connectivity.

Engagement at Geva’s overarching objective is to connect more people and organizations with the productions presented on the theatre’s stages. Engagement at Geva programs include Geva Insights, Mondays at Geva, the Essie Calhoun Diversity in the Arts Awards, symposiums and more. 

The goal of these programs and initiatives is to build more connected relationships with existing patrons and partners. To build new and meaningful relationships with people and organizations with whom we have traditionally had no or little connectivity, the kind of sticky connectivity that endures.

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Centering Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Theatre Symposium June 27 & 28

Geva Theatre Indigenous Theatre Symposium presented in partnership with Friends of Ganondagan and NTID/RIT

A free two-day event, pre-registration is required for both. 
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Geva Insights

Hosted by Rachel Y. DeGuzman

Geva Insights is a series of post-performance conversations with thought leaders, experts, and members of the community who contextualize or provoke more in-depth consideration of the themes inherent to each play during the course of Geva’s season. These unscripted, unrehearsed chats are produced and hosted by Geva’s Engagement department.

Coming Up Next

Tuesday, 6/4/24 post-performance

Guest: Dr. Tokeya C. Graham

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Dr. Tokeya C. Graham (she/her) is a multi-award-winning educator, writer, entrepreneur, creative, and community steward. Her work centers racial equity, literacy, healing, and community care. Graham’s desire to create a better world informs her partnerships with historically excluded communities to create access and equity. Dr. Graham is the founder of Soulstainable Living LLC, an equity, education, and leadership consulting firm. She is also a wellrespected anti-racism educator and community activist working to dismantle oppressive systems. Dr. Graham’s transformative messages have been widely praised by engaged audiences. She is a committed volunteer who donates time, money, and other resources to many local organizations. Her volunteer work often propels her to leadership roles. Dr. Graham has served on various boards of directors for almost 30 years. Her goal is to be a beneficial presence in the world.

Later This Season

Date; TBD


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Mondays at Geva

The stages are dark on Monday evenings at Geva, so the art and action shift to the lobby and café where brilliant local visual artists, performers, musicians, and speakers broaden our consideration of the onstage productions. Geva Theatre invites the community to join us for a free series of art openings and to party for a couple of hours each month!

Mondays At Geva

Monday, 6/3/24, 6-8PM 

Guest: Lavonne Barfield-Wilson



This event will feature an exhibit from artist Lavonne Barfield-Wilson who draws inspiration from a THE COLOR PURPLE quote of Shug Avery when she says to Celie, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” The exhibit will be composed of mixed media and acrylic on canvas pieces all incorporating the color purple in different hues, values, textures, and forms. 

Lavonne Barfield-Wilson of LoveOn Artwork Originals is a God-gifted, multi-faceted artist and educator, who believes Art is a form of communicating with God. Art is helpful, Art is healing, Art is Necessary, Art is Love and everything is always better with Love On It!

Later This Season

Date: TBD

Engagement at Geva programs  are sponsored, in part, by Volvo Cars Rochester Volvo Cars Rochester Horizontal Wide
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ROC Geva Pass

Geva is excited to establish this partnership with the City of Rochester which provides two hundred complimentary tickets for each of Geva’s Subscription Series Production to city residents in specified zip-codes (14621, 14605, 14608, 14611, 14619, 14606, 14613, 14615, and 14616). Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Individual households may reserve up to 6 tickets per production. Restrictions will apply, such as: only valid for the first two weeks of a production, excludes Opening Nights, A Christmas Carol and other holiday or special programming, and cannot be applied to previous purchases.

For the 23/24 Season we are currently at capacity for all shows – to join a waitlist please email


Get Roc Pass Tickets

Residents wishing to obtain complimentary tickets through the ROC Geva Pass may call the Geva Box Office at 585-232-GEVA(4382) or visit the Box Office in-person at 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14607. For groups larger than 6, please contact Rachel Y. DeGuzman, Associate Artistic Director/Director of Connectivity at (585) 420-2010 or

For the 23/24 Season we are currently at capacity for all shows – to join a waitlist please email

Thank You!

We would like to thank our partner organizations for making the ROC Geva Pass a success and raising awareness of this incredible program with their constituents and communities:

  • Beyond the Sanctuary
  • Ibero-American Action League
  • Baden Street Settlement
  • Soulstainable Living
  • Rochester Public Library system’s participants in the Safe to Be Smart teen program
  • Center for Youth

Essie Calhoun Diversity in the Arts Award

Geva Theatre annually presents the Essie Calhoun Diversity in the Arts Award to an individual who or organization that promotes and encourages diversity in the arts. The award recognizes that art allows for the expression of truths and beliefs, and helps us gain an understanding of one another and our world.  It further acknowledges that a mixture of cultures stimulates creativity, the sharing of ideas, and the building of a common collective future, which has always been close to Ms. Calhoun-McDavid’s heart.

The award was established in 2011 and named in honor of Essie Calhoun-McDavid, retired Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Community Affairs, and Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company. Ms. Calhoun-McDavid, a longtime advocate for diversity in the arts, was the first recipient of the award.

The award is designed by renowned Rochester glass artist Nancy Gong.

        Past Recipients

  • Dr. David Anderson (Sankofa)
  • The Center for Youth Strings for Success
  • Rachel Y. DeGuzman
  • Shawn Dunwoody
  • Garth Fagan
  • Reenah Golden
  • Delores Jackson Radney
  • Tonia Loran-Galban (Akwesasne Mohawk, Bear Clan)
  • Debora McDell-Hernandez
  • Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez
  • School of the Arts
  • Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan
  • David Shakes
  • Dangerous Signs 
  • Thomas Warfield

Geva's Engagement Staff

Importance of Engagement

It’s no secret that the programming at Geva Theatre is evolving with the rest of the nonprofit theater world to begin to reflect the authentic creative expressions of more people, from multiple perspectives. As director of engagement programs, I ask myself, everyday, “How can engagement programs at Geva reflect the art on the stage and a strategic shift in vision and mission as well as contribute to building the meaningful relationships that are necessary to achieve equity and live up to our organizations anti-racism commitment?”

– Rachel Y. DeGuzman

Contact Information

Rachel Y. DeGuzman
Associate Artistic Director/Director of Connectivity
(585) 420-2010

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