Alumna Pirronne Yousefzadeh '09 Joins Senior Leadership Team at Geva Theatre

September 14, 2018

Alumna Pirronne Yousefzadeh '09 was announced as the Director Of Engagement/Associate Artistic Director at the Geva Theatre Center, the leading professional theatre in Rochester, NY.


Yousefzadeh will be in charge of “planning, leading and growing the organization's community engagement efforts,” and will be “a key member of the artistic staff, participating in season planning and directing productions in both the Wilson and Fielding Stages.”


Prior to her appointment, Yousefzadeh has worked as a freelance director, directing The Lake Effect by Rajiv Joseph in 2017 and the world premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland in 2018, both at Geva Theatre.


Recently, she’s also directed productions at Cleveland Playhouse and Columbia University. This fall, she will direct plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Wesleyan University.  


She is founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond.


At Columbia, Yousefzadeh studied with faculty members Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick, and directed Big Love by Charles L. Mee.


I an interview with Lady Parts, Yousefzadeh said: “I’ve been really fortunate that along the way I have had a lot of female role models and female directors to look up to...Anne Bogart was one of my mentors. She modeled a kind of director and leader that doesn’t necessarily have all of the answers but knows both what she knows and also what she doesn’t know. She is able to lead and inspire a group, and because she has so strongly articulated what she knows and doesn’t know, the group is game to discover it collectively.”