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Geva Theatre Center Inc. soon will be sharing its artistic director.
Mark Cuddy will assume the role of Cape Playhouse producer and chief executive of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Geva announced Tuesday.
The playhouse is located in Dennis, Mass., and is the oldest professional theater in the United States. Cuddy will spend most of his time in Rochester from September to May, and primarily reside in Dennis for the theater's summer season.
"My devotion to Rochester has not wavered," Cuddy said. "This is a natural fit for me. I grew up in Boston, vacationed on Cape Cod as a child, apprenticed at the Falmouth Playhouse as a teenager, and throughout my career in the professional theater, Christina and I would take our two boys to the Cape and the Islands each summer. In fact, we had bought a home in East Dennis in 2011.”
Cuddy is in his 19th year as artistic director at Geva, and has led the theater through a renaissance of artistic and institutional growth, Geva officials note. He has directed more than 30 productions at Geva, and serves as founding member and vice president of the board for the Rochester Fringe Festival.
The partnership will bring new programming to Rochester, Geva chairman Sergio Esteban said.
“This is a great opportunity for Mark and Geva," Esteban said. "Mark’s hard work and creativity, with this new partnership with the Cape Playhouse, will bring new projects and ideas to Geva. Definitely another step to broaden Geva’s presence in the national theater arena.”
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