As one of the country’s leading not-for-profit, professional theatres, Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s flagship theatre company and the most attended regional theatre in New York State.
Founded in 1972, Geva serves up to 160,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students. Geva’s productions are created and rehearsed in and for Rochester. Geva draws upon the talents of the country’s top actors, directors, designers and writers who are shaping the American theatre landscape.
Geva Theatre Center operates two venues in downtown Rochester. The 552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Stage is home to Geva’s six-play subscription series featuring a wide variety of performances, from musicals to American and world classics. For nearly 25 years, Geva has presented Rochester’s holiday tradition – A Christmas Carol – in this venue. The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Stage is home to Geva’s own series of contemporary drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva’s New Play Reading Series and the Hornets’ Nest – an innovative play reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics. The Fielding Stage also hosts visiting companies of both local and international renown. Geva Theatre Center presents approximately 500 performances and events per year.
In addition to serving the Rochester community through its productions, Geva Theatre Center offers a wide variety of educational, outreach, literary and community engagement programs designed to:
- Enrich and deepen the theatergoing experience for our current audience
- Provide affordable theatre to the Rochester community, including thousands of students
- Develop new plays and playwrights, and
- Nurture the audiences and artists of the next generation
From the Wilson Stage and Fielding Stage to the classroom and beyond, Geva Theatre Center is an active member of the Rochester cultural community, offering a multitude of opportunities for our community to experience the transformative power of national level theatre and programs.