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Riverside Theatre Leadership

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.

Jennifer Holan (Executive Director) spent the early part of her career in various (for profit) marketing roles in NYC and Chicago. Since 2007, she has lived and worked in Iowa City. She joined Riverside Theatre as Marketing Director in 2009, became its Development Director in 2011, and Executive Director this September. She was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network. Jennifer holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College in Vermont.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, 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, Executive Director
Violet Virnig, Technical Director
Christina Patramanis, Marketing Director
Andy Sohn, House Manager
Nan Martin, Patron Services Manager
Jenny Henningsen, Finance Manager

Riverside Theatre Board of Directors

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

Ed Benjamin, Kristi Bontrager, Mary Lu Callahan, Sue Curry, Dale Farland, Lin Larson, Jesse Singerman, Carolyn Russell Wallace, Cathy Weingeist, Paul Weller, Jennifer Whitmore

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