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Out of the Rehearsal Hall

25 EpisodesProduced by Geva Theatre CenterWebsite

From Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, Out of the Rehearsal Hall takes a deep dive into the theatrical process. The third season celebrates courageous storytelling and our own power to make change, and to shape a better world for us all. The guests this season are artists, scholars and cur… read more

25 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Episode 3-8: Actors Jean McCormick and Matthew S. Morgan

December 6th, 2021


In this episode, Jean McCormick and Matthew S. Morgan, two of the principal actors in Geva's annual production of A Christmas Carol, join Jenni to …

Episode 3-7: Ginny Nguyen

October 19th, 2021


In this episode, we talk with Webster-resident Ginny Nguyen, who fled Vietnam with her family in 1975, and after several months in an Arkansas refugee camp, started a new life in Rochester. This story has been a source …

Episode 3-6: Vietgone Prologue

September 27th, 2021


In this episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, we welcome you to an audio prologue for Qui Nguyen's Vietgone. Before COVID disrupted our lives, …

Episode 3-5: Projection Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson

September 6th, 2021


In this episode, projection designer Rasean Davonte Johnson (Geva's THURGOOD and RING OF FIRE), joins Jenni Werner to talk about his process and the artists and theatres that have had an influence on his career and his …

Episode 3-4: Maia Directors

June 28th, 2021


This episode features Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Evren Odcikin, Kareem Fahmy and Pirronne Yousefzadeh, the four incredible forces behind Maia Directors. …

Episode 3-3: Daniel Banks

May 24th, 2021


In this episode, we talk with director, deviser and dance dramaturg, Daniel Banks about socio-political awakenings, storytelling traditions and …

Episode 3-2: The Changemakers

May 10th, 2021


This episode features the Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which inspired Geva’s Tenacious Women project. We start by talking with Kathryn Murano …

Episode 3-1: Christopher Rivas

April 26th, 2021


Christopher Rivas is an incredible storyteller in any medium, and in this episode, he talks about the climate crisis and the beauty of this world, Porfirio Rubirosa (inspiration for James Bond) and just how vital it is …

Episode 2-6: Playwright/Director/Producer Chay Yew

February 1st, 2021


In our first podcast episode of 2021, we’re thrilled to feature a conversation with playwright/director/producer, Chay Yew. Geva audiences will have an opportunity to see his work as a director this winter, with his …

Episode 2-5: Sound Designers Justin Ellington and David K. Samba

December 21st, 2020


In this episode, Esther Winter, creative producer for Recognition Radio, and Jenni Werner talk with sound designers David K. Samba and Justin …

Episode 2-4: Sound Designers Christie Chiles Twillie and Larry Fowler

December 7th, 2020


Recognition Radio's Creative Producer Esther Winter joins Jenni Werner for a conversation with sound designers Christie Chiles Twillie and Larry Fowler. Join us for a great conversation about how sound designers build …

Episode 2-3: Playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers

November 2nd, 2020


In this episode, playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers join Pirronne Yousefzadeh and Jenni Werner for a joyful conversation about …

Episode 2-2: Playwrights Chisa Hutchinson and Kirsten Greenidge

October 19th, 2020


In this episode, playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Chisa Hutchinson join Fran Da Silveira and Jenni Werner for an impassioned conversation about their work and inspirations, how August Wilson impacted them both as young …

Episode 2-1: Sonja D. Williams

October 5th, 2020


In the first episode of season two, Jenni Werner is joined by co-host Esther Winter, creative producer for Geva's Recognition Radio Festival - an audio play festival celebrating Black stories - to talk about the …

Episode 10: Director Mikael Burke

July 13th, 2020


In Episode Ten of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Geva's Assistant Literary Director Fran Da Silveira joins Jenni Werner once again for an invigorating conversation with director Mikael Burke. They talk about the impact of …

Episode 9: Costume Designer Christina Selian

June 22nd, 2020


In Episode Nine of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Geva’s Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor Karin Eckert joins Jenni Werner to talk about her journey from Rochester to the West End, and around the U.S. (with a stop at “The Price …

Episode 8: Fight Director/Intimacy Coordinator/Actor Rocío Mendez

June 9th, 2020


Fran Da Silveira and Jenni Werner talk with fight and intimacy director Rocío Mendez. The conversation starts with an acknowledgment of the moment the U.S. is in as a country, after the deaths of George Floyd, Tony …

Episode 7: Performer Madeleine Lambert

June 1st, 2020


In this episode, Jenni is joined by Geva's former stage operations manager Carolyn Pike for a conversation with actor Madeleine Lambert. Carolyn and …

Episode 6: Universes' Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz

May 25th, 2020


In this episode, Pirronne Yousefzadeh and I catch up with Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz, the co-founders of the performance ensemble, Universes. It's …

Episode 5: Performer Jen Cody

May 18th, 2020


This episode features Jen Cody, truly one of the funniest actors around. We talk about how fate played a role in her becoming a professional actor, …

Episode 4: Playwright Dipika Guha

May 11th, 2020


In this episode, playwright and TV writer Dipika Guha (Yoga Play) talks about her international childhood, how learning you are a playwright might be "bad news," the snacks in a TV writers room, and women who've changed …

Episode 3: Brian Quijada

May 4th, 2020


We talk with poet-playwright-composer-performer Brian Quijada about how looping has impacted his life and work, snooping parents and teenage love …

Episode 2: Playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

April 27th, 2020


We talk with Looks Like Pretty playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder about being a Southern storyteller, bourbon happy hours, her 105-year old …

Episode 1: Director Shelley Butler

April 20th, 2020


In this inaugural episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Geva's Literary Director Jenni Werner and Associate Artistic Director/Director of Community Engagement talk to Shelley Butler about her work as a director in …

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