Each day, we’ll be introducing you to members of the Riverside Theatre in Park professional and apprentice company…
Today meet Jim Van Valen and Kristin Horton.
Jim Van Valen
Jim Van Valen is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at Cornell College. He appeared in last summer's productions of Ah, Wilderness! and The Two Gentlemen of Verona and has performed at Riverside’s Gilbert Street space in A Steady Rain, Stones in His Pockets, End Days, and A Dog's Life. A member of Actors' Equity Association, Jim spent three years as a resident actor with the Barter Theatre and has performed throughout the country in such regional theatres as The Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble, The Fulton Opera House, Florida's Riverside Theatre, Florida Rep, Iowa Summer Rep, The Connecticut Theatre Festival, and North Carolina's Temple Theatre. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa and an MA in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“This has been a wonderful company of talented artists. It's an honor for me to gather with them in the open air each evening and share these stories with audiences.”
Hometown/Home Base: Born -- Long Island, NY and currently living in Mount Vernon, IA
Facts about Jim: I am a devoted baseball fan, the son of a NYC police officer, and an avid watcher of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.
Hobbies: It's not a hobby -- but my greatest joy (and privilege) in life is being a Dad.
Kristin Horton recently directed work at HERE, New York City Parks Summerstage, Lark Play Development Center, William Inge Festival and New York University. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from NEA/TCG, Sundance Theatre Lab and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Previous RT credits include: Richard III, Measure for Measure, Taming of the Shrew, A Quiet Moment, A Number, Collected Stories, Drawer Boy, Still Life with Iris and Grocery Stories. She holds an MFA from UI and teaches at NYU.
“For me, the great appeal of Merchant lies in its ability to raise questions about ‘otherness’ as well as its exploration of the early world of capital and its effects on community and relationships. Money penetrates every relationship in the play - it couldn't be more timely. The post show discussion is worth sticking around for; in fact, I consider it ‘Act Six’ of the play - it's a great opportunity to express your thoughts and opinions about the questions raised in the play as well as meet members of the artistic team!”
Home base: New York, NY
Fact about Kristin: While directing this play, my beloved rescue dog Eliot passed away from a tragic, but short bout with canine cancer. I was lucky enough to go home and spend a few days with him when things took a turn for the worst. Eliot was a wonderful dog who rescued me in so many ways. He taught me how to be in the moment, enjoy long walks and take time to really experience each moment as well as the people in our lives.
Hobbies: Supporting animal rescue, running and "city hiking"
Don't miss tonight's production of As You Like It, performance starts at 8 p.m., Green Show starts at 7 p.m.!