Geva Engagement Programs

Geva Theatre Center is a place for connecting – with art and theatre, with big questions, and with one another. We invite you to be a part of our many offerings beyond the stage, the majority of which are free and open to the public. 

Leading these initiatives is Rachel DeGuzman, Geva’s Producer of Engagement for Season 49.

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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 in Geva’s 49th season. These unscripted, unrehearsed chats are produced and hosted by Geva’s Engagement department.

NEXT UP:

Tuesday, May 17th at approx. 9:15pm

Imani Olear

Immediately following the 7:00 performance of Yoga Play, enjoy a free on-stage talk by yoga instructor, Imani Olear.

Imani Olear began her yoga journey at age eleven when she stumbled upon a book by B.K.S. Iyengar.  Raised in Columbus Ohio, in a poverty stricken neighborhood, yoga was not a typical past time, and was “denounced” by the church. However it was a practice that allowed her to find a sense of being grounded after a series of traumas. Imani has been teaching yoga in Rochester NY since 2013 when she created a program making accessible to all people. At Yoga 4 A Good Hood  we offer free/donation based yoga & meditation, 200 HR and, coming soon, 300 HR teacher certification trainings, as well as continuing education for BIPOC/ QTPOC to become yoga teachers supported by significant scholarship opportunitiesY4AGH also offers ACITA (A Call into Action), developed by Marissa Bland, for fitness professionals to confront implicit bias and develop anti-racist skills. 

Contact the Box Office for more information about this event.

Upcoming Geva Insights events:

Yoga Play

Tuesday, May 17 – Imani Olear

Sister Act
Tuesday, June 28 – Gaynelle Wethers

Check out our Youtube archives!

Out of The Rehearsal Hall

“Out of the Rehearsal Hall” takes a deep dive into the theatrical process, spotlighting special guests whose areas of expertise span the full range of artistic disciplines that bring theatre to life at Geva. Actors, playwrights, designers, composers, choreographers and more. In this podcast series, we explore it all.

Sunday Salon

Following every second and fourth Sunday of our Wilson Stage productions, Geva presents a special live talkback with some of the actors from the show. This is a free, moderated discussion where the audience may ask questions.

Season 49 Salon Sundays:


How to Catch Creation 

March 6 & March 20

Somewhere Over the Border
April 10 & April 24

Yoga Play
May 22 & June 5

Sister Act
July 3 & July 17

Actors Madeleine Lambert and Cedric Mays with Geva Associate Director of Education, Lara Rhyner.

Meet Rachel

Rachel DeGuzman

Producer of Engagement Programs for the 49th Season

Rachel DeGuzman comes to Geva Theatre Center with more than 20 years of experience in the arts and community engagement/activation. Her achievements have earned her a number of awards, including the 2016 Essie Calhoun Diversity in the Arts Award, presented by Geva. She was also honored as one of the accomplished leaders featured in Rochester Museum and Science Center’s recent exhibition, “The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World.”

In addition to her work at Geva, Rachel is also the founder and executive director of 21st Century Arts Inc. and is the managing curator of the community-rooted arts space, The Black House.

DeGuzman’s past positions include director of advancement and external relations at Rochester City Ballet, marketing and publicity manager at Nazareth College Arts Center, director of development and marketing at The Commission Project, and director of development at Garth Fagan Dance. Rachel currently serves on the board of Visual Studies Workshop (VSW). Her past board positions include the Women’s Council: A Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Affiliate, William Warfield Scholarship Fund, Greentopia, and Rochester City Ballet, among others. She has worked with Visit Rochester, Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University, the Avenue Black Box Theatre, Artists Co-creating Real Equity/PISAB, and other local and national organizations to create opportunities and foster greater equity in the community at large and the arts and culture sector, in particular.

It’s no secret that the programming at Geva Theatre Center 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 producer of engagement programs for the 49th season, 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