Geva Theatre Center


The federal coronavirus relief package signed by President Donald Trump provides $15 billion to help performing arts groups and other cultural organizations.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) said that funding is from the Save our Stages Act, and  will help a number of Rochester area arts groups including Geva Theatre Center.

Chris Mannelli, executive director at Geva, said while that theater will remain closed for live performances due to the pandemic, the new funding will help them bring some staff back on the job to prepare for the day when they can reopen.

Rochester Broadway Theatre League

This is, John Parkhurst says, “the longest intermission of our lives.”

As we churn toward what epidemiologists predict will be the darkest period yet of the coronavirus pandemic, venues such as Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre are shuttered in uncertainty.

“Right now, you plan for the worst and hope for the best,” says Parkhurst, chief operating officer of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. “And if we can be open in March or April, it’s still a possibility.”