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Geva Theatre Indigenous Theatre Symposium

Geva Theatre Indigenous Theatre Symposium

Thursday & Friday | June 27-28, 2024

Geva Theatre Indigenous Theatre Symposium presented in partnership with Friends of Ganondagan and NTID/RIT: Centering Indigenous Voices - Indigenous Theatre Symposium on June 27 & 28, 2024.

This is a free two-day event, pre-registration is required for both.


Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024 | Matinee performance at 2pm, Evening performance at 7pm

Location: NTID/RIT - Panera Theatre, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

The Mush Hole is a theatrical dance performance about truths of Canada’s first Indian residential school – The Mohawk Institute. From 1828-1970, State and Church attempted to forcefully assimilate children from Six Nations and surrounding First Nations into Euro-Christian society and sever the continuity of culture from parent to child. The Mush Hole weaves through the traumatic memories of two generations of Survivors. Visceral performances by an all-Indigenous cast, cinematic imagery and musical score, catapult audiences into the bricks and mortar of the school. Created from Survivors testimonials, it is a story about hope and finding light in dark places.

Indigenous Theatre Symposium

Date: Friday, June 28, 2024 | 8:30am – 4pm

Location: Geva Theatre - Fielding Stage/Lobby/Café, 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY

The Indigenous Theatre Symposium will feature keynote remarks from Santee Smith (Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan), artistic director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; an Indigenous Playwrights Panel Conversation with creatives such as DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) who Geva audiences got to know through her play AND SO WE WALKED last season and who will be Geva Theatre’s 2024/26 artist in residence; a film screening of UNSEEN TEARS: as well as a special panel composed of Young Native Playwrights –presented in collaboration with Native Voices. The Indigenous Theatre Symposium project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. It will be live streamed in collaboration with Howl Round Theatre Commons.

Breakfast and Lunch provided at symposium.

Livestream of the symposium will be available on Friday 28 June 2024 from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4). The livestream is made possible by HowRound with the mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and develop our knowledge commons collectively..

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FREE, registration is required



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