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Riverside Theatre Announces New Artistic Director

August 7, 2015 - 11:35 AM

The Riverside Theatre Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Osheroff as incoming Artistic Director. On August 1, 2015, Mr. Osheroff succeeded Jody Hovland and Ron Clark, the founders and artistic leaders of the theatre for thirty-four seasons.

Osheroff, who directed Riverside Theatre’s production of "Red" in the 14-15 Season, joins Executive Director Jennifer Holan to lead Riverside through the theatre’s next phase of development.  He will select plays and programming for all seasons, oversee productions, direct shows and occasionally appear onstage in acting roles.  Holan will continue to oversee the administrative and financial aspects of the theater.

Osheroff joins Riverside Theatre from his previous position as Artistic Director of The Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at The University of West Florida.  He received his MFA in acting from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and has worked in regional theaters all over the country including the Asolo Rep, Pioneer Playhouse, Peterborough Players, The Weston Playhouse, various New York venues and in television and radio.  He has also toured Argentina and Brazil with the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre.  He arrives in Iowa City with his wife, Kris Danford, a professional actor, singing teacher and associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework ®, his daughter Stella (4 years) and his brand new son, Oliver. 

Mr. Osheroff directs the Riverside’s 15-16 season opener, “SHIPWRECKED! An Entertainment- The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told by Himself)” by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, opening September 25.

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