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My Rochester


Mark Cuddy is artistic director of Geva Theatre Center.


Roots: I was born and raised in Boston, right in the city. I lived and worked in the western U.S. from 1979 to 1995 before my wife, Christina Selian, and I decided to move back east. This opportunity at Geva Theatre Center came about as we were leaving California. We arrived Sept. 1, 1995.


Where I live now: We live in the Highland Park neighborhood of Rochester on Mulberry Street in a lovely 1920s house. I am five minutes from my parking spot at Geva Theatre Center.


Other cities I’ve worked in: Oh my: Northampton, Mass.; Reno, Nev.; Denver, Colo.; Seattle, Wash.; Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif.; Boise, Idaho; and, in 2003-04, County Sligo, Ireland.


How I’ve seen Rochester’s arts scene change since I came to town: Every major cultural organization has actually gotten better and stronger. We all know and like each other, and what's good for one is good for all. We do a bit of missionary work here in attracting new audiences to our art forms. It makes our work so much more satisfying when we can turn people on to culture.


What locals know about Rochester: That there is enormous variety in this city. We sort of have “one of everything,” and there are plenty of top-quality places and people to make our standard of living as high as that of any small city in the country. My favorites include those near our house: Boulder Coffee, Highland Diner, Highland Park and, a little farther away, the Public Market. And spring!

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