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Meet Jessica Dean Turner and Tim Budd

June 21, 2012 - 12:13 PM

Each day, we’ll be introducing you to members of the Riverside Theatre in Park professional and apprentice company…

Today meet Jessica Dean Turner and Tim Budd

Jessica Dean Turner

Messenger/Ensemble in The Merchant of Venice

Jessica Dean Turner is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she is thrilled to be making her debut at Riverside Theatre in the Park as a member of their apprentice company. Her previous credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania/Hippolyta) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Saint Monica) at the U of I and King Lear (Fool/Doctor/Gentlemen) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival.

“Lovely language, lovely people and (Lord willing) lovely weather.”

Hometown & Home base:  Chicago

Fun fact about Jessica: Certified to combat with 3 weapons-cannot drive a car

Hobbies:  Blogging, poetry, online window shopping


Tim Budd

Touchstone in As You Like It and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice

Tim Budd is thrilled to be back on the Festival Stage for this seventh summer! Tim just finished acting in Mayberry for Working Group Theatre. Other recent work includes performing in Walking the Wire: This Will Never Work and The Cripple of Inishmaan on the Gilbert Street Stage. An Iowa native, Tim finished his studies toward an MFA in acting at the University of Iowa and works full-time at Prairie Lights Bookstore. He will be appearing this fall in True West, The Santaland Diaries, and The Exit Interview, all at Riverside Theatre.

“It’s always exciting to be a part of productions that are so unlike anything else offered during the regular theatre season here in Iowa City-company members from all over the country, unparalleled language, incredible costumes, and the stars above you!”

Home base:  Iowa City (since 1988)

Fun facts about Tim:  My mother was a homecoming queen and these 2 plays will be my 16th and 17th Shakespearean productions I’ve acted in

Hobbies:  Books/reading & movies

Tomorrow...don't miss the free Green Show of The Merchant of Venice at the Ped Mall near Washington St. at 12:10 p.m. or the opening of The Merchant of Venice that evening at 8 p.m. at the Festival Stage in Iowa City's Lower City Park.

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