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The Cast and Crew of Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge

Jennifer Fawcett - Theresa
Heather Lawler - Louise
Lisa Margolin - Agnes

Sean Christopher Lewis, director
Courtney Schmitz, scenic/lighting designer
Sarah Pipho, costume designer
Brianna Atwood, sound designer
Adrienne Sullivan, stage manager
Eva Adderley, costume assistant
Drew Bielinski, board op/sound engineer      

Jennifer Fawcett (Theresa MacKeigan, Marion Bridge) is a founding member of Working GroupTheatre, for whom she has written Out of Bounds, The Broken Chord (Hancher/WGT), The Toymaker’s War, and Atlas of Mud. For Riverside, she wrote Birth Witches, and appeared in Ah, Wilderness (Lily), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Antonia), and in her own solo show, goat show. She was the NNPN Playwright in Residence at Curious Theatre Company (Denver) and her plays have been produced at the Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project (Nashville), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), the Hatchery Festival (Washington, DC), and in festivals across Canada. 

Heather Michele Lawler (Louise MacKeigan, Marion Bridge) is thrilled to be back at Riverside for her second season after previously appearing in All My Sons (Lydia Lubey) in 2011. She has performed and taught around the United States, including New York City and Chicago, and also internationally where she recently played April in the musical Company around the globe in Perth, Australia. Heather is a graduate of Coe College with a BA in Theatre: Acting and of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York in Musical Theatre. 

Lisa Margolin (Agnes MacKeigan, Marion Bridge) is an Iowa City native and a graduate of
Northwestern University’s theater program. She most recently appeared onstage in the Old Creamery Theater’s production of the one-woman show Fully Committed, in which she played over 35 different characters. She has performed in plays regionally and in New York City, and at the major comedy clubs throughout NYC doing improv and stand-up. 

Sean Christopher Lewis (director, Marion Bridge) most recently directed Venus in Fur at Riverside Theatre. As Artistic Director for Working Group Theatre he’s directed all of their shows including Mayberry, Broken Chord and Out of Bounds for Hancher Auditorium. His credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival. He recently returned from Spain where he directed a new play at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. He was recently nominated for the Zelda Fichandler Award (SDC).


Jody Hovland* (Artistic Director) has been part of the leadership as well as a working artist with Riverside Theatre since its founding in 1981. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution (First Lady Lou), with Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre in Cleveland (The Servant of Two Masters), and has toured in several solo shows including The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Recent work includes performances in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Eileen), As You Like It (Adam, Hera) and The Merchant of Venice (Prince of Aragon). Other favorite productions include All My Sons (Kate), End Days (Sylvia),  Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), and Wit (Vivian). This summer she was delighted to be a member of the acting company for the Kennedy Center/NNPN Playwrights’ Workshop, which supports new play development. A member of Actors’ Equity, Jody has an MFA from the University of Iowa and is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College.

Ron Clark* (Resident Artist and Production Manageris a founder of Riverside Theatre. In addition to calling Riverside Theatre home, Ron has worked in theatres around the Midwest and Seattle. Recent work includes direction of The Cripple of Inishmaan, two stand-in performances in Guys on Ice, as well as performing several Dukes in As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice this summer in the Park.  Other favorite roles include Joe Keller in All My Sons, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Diafoirus in The Imaginary Invalid, Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank, and the title role in King Lear. He is a member of Actors’ Equity and a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College, where this fall he is directing Romeo and Juliet. His writing for the theatre includes Small Miracles and the plays Kindred Hearts, Grocery Stories, and Coffee and Hope. Ron holds an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa.

*Member of Actors' Equity Asssociation, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Riverside Theatre Staff 

Jody Hovland, Artistic Director
Ron Clark, Resident Artist/Production Manager
Jennifer Holan, Development Director
Arthur Virnig, Technical Director
Christina Patramanis, Marketing Director
Carrie Erickson,House Manager
Nan Martin, Patron Services Manager
Sharyn Reitz, Business Manager

Riverside Theatre Board of Directors

Chair: Linda Farkas
Vice Chair: Natasha Wendt
Most recent Past Chair: Patricia Heiden

Ed Benjamin, Kristi Bontrager, Chris Peterson Brus, Sue Curry, Dale Farland, Minnetta Gardinier, Lin Larson, Angie Schmidt, Jesse Singerman, Cathy Weingeist, Paul Weller, Jennifer Whitmore and Gary Whittington.

Photo:  Riverside Theatre Board of Directors.

Pictured from left to right:  Cathy Weingeist, Natasha Wendt (Vice-Chair), Paul Weller, Ed Benjamin, Lin Larson, Jesse Singerman, Chris Brus, Jennifer Whitmore, Linda Farkas (Chair), Sue Curry, Scott Finlayson, Dale Farland, Pat Heiden, Minnetta Gardinier

Not pictured: Kristi Bontrager, Angie Schmidt, Gary Whittington

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