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Coming up on Connections: Friday, July 30

Geva Theatre

First hour: How will the live theater industry change as a result of the pandemic?

Second hour: Discussing the future of remote workWhat have local theaters learned from the pandemic? We talk with representatives from several local theaters about the challenges they've faced, the successes they've had, and how they think the industry may change in the future as a result of the pandemic. We also discuss what's on stage this season. Our guests:

  • Bill Ferguson, executive director of Garth Fagan Dance
  • Chris Mannelli, executive director of Geva Theatre Center
  • Ralph Meranto, artistic director of JCC CenterStage 
  • Karin Bowerstock, executive and artistic director of Bristol Valley Theater
  • Reenah Golden, founder and artistic director of Avenue Blackbox Theatre

Then in our second hour, this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that employers need to bring workers back to the office by Labor Day. He said that remote work is not as creative or productive, and working from home harms other businesses -- lunch spots, coffee shops, etc. But many workers have reported thriving during the pandemic with a remote schedule. How do they interpret the governor's comments? We find out with our guests:

  • Kristen Seversky, product manager who works remotely
  • Andrew Amato, remote worker
  • Andrew Brady, co-founder of the Rochester chapter for Conscious Capitalism and CEO of the XLR8 Team
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.