Pirronne Yousefzadeh recently joined Geva Theatre Center as its director of engagement and associate artistic director. She will relocate to Rochester in the spring of 2019.
Yousefzadeh will be a member of the senior leadership team, and will be responsible for planning, leading and growing the organization’s community engagement efforts. As a member of the artistic staff, she will participate in season planning and directing productions in both the Wilson and Fielding stages.
“In recent years, Geva has been a true artistic home for me as a freelance director,” Yousefzadeh said. “I am thrilled for this opportunity to help build upon Geva’s legacy of artistic excellence as an advocate for new voices and a passionate, sustained and expansive vision for community engagement.”
The theater’s new engagement department is supported in part by a grant from the Allen and Joyce Boucher Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
“We are indeed fortunate to welcome Pirronne to Rochester and the Geva family” said Mark Cuddy, artistic director. “Her collaborative talent, fierce intellect and passionate advocacy for underrepresented voices make her a dynamic addition to our senior team. We are dedicated to impacting our region through our art form and Pirronne will help lead our considerable efforts.”
“Connecting to our community is at the core of what we do,” said Christopher Mannelli, executive director. “With Pirronne’s addition to the Geva team, we have an amazing opportunity to further elevate our work and serve the community with even greater impact. We could not be more excited for what the future holds.”
Before joining the artistic staff, Yousefzadeh directed “The Lake Effect” by Rajiv Joseph and the world premiere of “Heartland” by Gabriel Jason Dean at Geva. Later this season, she will direct the Kitchen Theatre Co.’s production of “The Royale,” part of Geva’s Fielding Studio Series.
Yousefzadeh is a founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University, and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.