Interning with Geva Theatre
For over a decade, the Department of Theatre and Geva have had an official alliance. Geva Theatre provides the University with course instructors, a directing fellow that stages one of our Mainstage productions, speakers who populate the University’s “Stage Directions: Conversations with Theatre Professionals” series, and advertising and marketing opportunities.
In return, Geva is able to tap into a pool of theatre majors as interns. Some of these interns have gone on to full or part-time positions with Geva as technical or administrative staff.
In the past Brockport students from the Department of Theatre have lived the lives of a working actor. Fr example, our students took part in Geva Theatre Center’s productions of Amadeus and A Christmas Carol.These students have appeared on stage as part of casts of actors that are traditionally cast out of New York City.
Skip Greer, Geva’s Director of Education, has helped nurture Brockport interns through the years. For the most part, these interns have been behind the scenes, but with both Amadeus he had the opportunity to see Brockport students on stage.
They helped bring Mozart’s world alive so compellingly with each performance. We’re proud to have them on our stage. Skip Greer, Geva’s Director of Education
The students — Royce Bleier, Vinnie Carbone, Kate Dylan, Timothy Ellison, Stephanie McKee, Ricky Thomas, and Rachael Yoder functioned as the ensemble in Amadeus. This allowed them to be courtiers in the court of Emperor Joseph II, opera and symphony attendees, valets to Salieri. Kate Dylan was offered the role of Salieri’s prize singing pupil, Katherina Cavalieri.
A Christmas Carol
Michael Sheehan, a recent Brockport graduate, joined the same students as they performed in a similar fashion for A Christmas Carol.They performed as the scurrying citizens of London in the throes of the holidays, guests at Fezziwig’s party, ghosts from Scrooge’s past, and various other supernumeraries.
While working at Geva I got this great sense that the other interns and I have all arrived at a new height in our learning, thanks in no small part to Brockport’s relationship with Geva. Timothy Ellison
Other Opportunities with Geva
Geva continues to offer internship and acting opportunities for our students. For more information, check out our feature story in The Port.