Community Engagement


For ongoing programming and special projects, Geva partners with organizations within the Greater Rochester area and across the country. Read more about some of our special collaborations below.

RCSD Passport Program

Each season Geva provides the Rochester City School District with free tickets to select performances in the P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee Series so that classes who might not otherwise be able to visit Geva have the opportunity to experience live theatre. Passport tickets are enhanced by the full range of our P.L.A.Y. programming. RCSD teachers who would like to request tickets through the Passport Program should contact the Geva education department for more information.

Writers & Books

Geva partners with Writers & Books in promoting and developing the work of local writers through two annual programs: 2 PAGES/2 VOICES and the REGIONAL WRITERS SHOWCASE. For 2 Pages/2 Voices, Rochester-area writers are invited to submit very short plays with only two characters, and selected works are performed for the public as script-in-hand concert readings at Writers & Books. The Regional Writers Showcase features longer theatrical pieces, also by Rochester-area writers, in public concert readings at Geva. Each year, one selection from the Regional Writers Showcase is also selected to receive further development and an additional performance at Geva’s Festival of New Theatre. (Information about applying to both programs is available here.)

Occasionally, Geva and Writers & Books partner on projects specifically tailored to a production. For example, to complement 2012’s production of Superior Donuts, Writers & Books reached out to 10 local poets to participate in a poetry reading in the Geva Café. Each poet read a favorite poem by one of the renowned African-American poets referred to in the play, followed by an original poem written in response to it. And during rehearsals for 2013’s The Book Club Play, playwright Karen Zacarias, director Sean Daniels, and the six cast members attended a meeting of The Book Thieves at Writers & Books, to observe a real-life book club in action.

University Partnerships

In addition to our partnership with SUNY Brockport for the training of undergraduate theatre artists, Geva also collaborates with universities in other parts of the country to support playwrights and develop new plays. Recently, we partnered with the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in creating a writers’ group, curated by Amy Cordileone (NYU) and Sean Daniels, to foster mentorship between established and emerging playwrights and allow both groups to develop new material. All Your Questions Answered and Informed Consent, both of which received world premiere productions in Geva’s 2013-2014 season, were initially developed in this group. We’ve also partnered with Louisiana State University to develop and produce new works.

Play Development Partnerships

As a member of the National New Play Network, Geva is committed to supporting and promoting talented writers from all over the country. We collaborate with many of the country’s leading new play development programs, including PlayPenn in Philadelphia and The O’Neill Center in Waterford, CT, to develop and workshop new plays. Sean Daniels and Deb Laufer (author of Informed Consent) have both traveled with the O’Neill Center to Estonia to represent the United States (and Geva) as we start to share work and artists between various countries.

How to Form a Collaboration with Geva

Do you envision an opportunity for partnership with Geva? If you, or your organization, are interested in an artistic collaboration, contact Skip Greer, Director of Education, at (585) 420-2073 or


Geva has collaborated many times in the past with area schools. To learn more about these special projects and collaborations, please read below.

The Stage Door Project: “The Diary of Anne Frank” with Pittsford Mendon High School (2017-2018)

To read more about the Stage Door Project, click here.

The Stage Door Project: “Private Lives” with McQuaid Jesuit High School (2016-2017)

To read more about the Stage Door Project, click here.

The Stage Door Project: “To Kill a Mockingbird” with School of the Arts (2015-2016)

To read more about the Stage Door Project, click here.

The Stage Door Project: “Little Shop of Horrors” with Rush-Henrietta Senior High School (2014-2015)

To read more about the Stage Door Project, click here.

Geva Jurists: Ambassadors for August Wilson (2008-2011)

Four successive senior English classes from John Marshall High School studied August Wilson’s American Century as it was presented in productions and readings at Geva. These students and their teachers hosted Geva guest artists in their classroom, and crafted special investigations and projects to connect the historic legacy of these plays with the stories of their own personal history in Rochester.

The Stage Door Project: “Almost, Maine” (2009-2010)

With the Mainstage production of Almost, Maine, Geva threw open the stage door and welcomed nine area high schools into every step of our production process. Each of the dedicated teachers on our team was assigned one of the nine scenes in the play, and each assembled a cast of actors, a designer interested in scenery, costumes, lighting or sound, and a marketing team from their own schools. Then the idea sharing began: sharing between Geva and the schools, among the nine different schools themselves, between professionals and students, from city to the suburbs and across the generations. Together we explored the ideas of the play and the rigorous and inspiring process of realizing it on stage. The project culminated for the public with the students from the nine schools performing their own production of Almost, Maine on the Geva Wilson stage, with the design and technical elements from the professional production.

“Our Town” with Brighton High School (2007)

The Brighton High School Shadowing Project gave a cast of high school performers staging Our Town the opportunity to meet with their counterparts in Geva’s professional cast, share their thoughts and creative process, rehearse their own production, and then perform the play with full technical elements on Geva’s Mainstage on the set of Geva’s production of Our Town. We were honored to bring a new community of young artists, families, friends and neighbors into a more intimate experience of our theatre-making, both at Brighton High School and at Geva. By participating in this joint venture we discovered immense value for the participating students and professionals alike, and discussed how to build subsequent opportunities to share this triumph with others in our community, such as the Stage Door Project, above.

Empire State Partnership at RCSD Lincoln Park School No. 44 (2003-2009)

This program connects the elementary students at school No. 44 with performances at Geva through classroom residencies. Artist-educators and classroom teachers work as teams to develop units that integrate themes and content from productions, theatre-making skills modeled by the Geva performance, and classroom curriculum goals. The production is explored school-wide and serves as a springboard for students’ own projects and performances. This partnership was a collaboration with Rochester Wolf Trap, and part of a New York State Council on the Arts state-wide initiative for Arts-in-Education.

How to Form a Collaboration with Geva

Do you envision an opportunity for partnership with our Education department? Contact Skip Greer, Director of Education, at (585) 420-2073 or email