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Coming up on Connections: Friday, July 30

Jul 30, 2021

Credit Geva Theatre

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

Second hour: Discussing the future of remote work

What 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