This post was written by Riverside Theatre's Resident Artist and Production Manager Ron Clark.
One of the many reasons we work in the American theatre is the tradition of creating family with our collaborators. It is a wonderful thing to know that after over three decades here at Riverside Theatre, we have “artistic family” all over the country. Mark Hunter was an important member of that family. Sadly, Mark died suddenly on November 6.
Since 1995, Mark directed steadily here at Riverside Theatre and in 2002 we were blessed to have him join our faculty at Cornell College. His career was marked by great integrity and imagination. Mark consistently inspired us to do more innovative and exciting work at both institutions.
His hand as a director was always gentle; Mark led rather than pushed. His vast knowledge of dramatic literature and ability to find his way into brand new and contemporary classics helped Riverside expand its artistic boundaries and create extremely challenging work. His last production with us was Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS. That was a show that none of us will ever forget.
We honor Mark’s memory by rededicating ourselves to the high standards he always held us to. We will always miss him but in the hardest of times like these we are comforted by our extended family who loved him so much.