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Red photo Jim Van ValenJim Van Valen (Mark Rothko) is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at Cornell College.  Previously, he has appeared in the Riverside in the Park productions of Hamlet, School for Scandal, As You Like It, and Ah, Wilderness and here at the Gilbert Street space in A Steady Rain, Manning Up, and Stones in His Pockets.  A member of Actors' Equity Association, Jim has performed throughout the country in such regional theatres as The Fulton Opera House, Florida's Riverside Theatre, Iowa Summer Rep, The Old Creamery Theatre, 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.

Christopher Peltier (Ken) has spent three summers with Riverside Theatre in the Park performing in Othello, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], Hamlet, The School for Scandal, Ah, Wilderness! and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regionally he has toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks five times and spent a summer with American Players Theatre. In Chicago he regularly performs with the Back Room Shakespeare Project. He attended the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.

RED production photos by Bob Goodfellow.

Red Production Team

Sam Osheroff (director) holds an MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.  A member of Actors Equity, Sam has worked in performance venues all over the country and abroad including the Asolo Rep, Peterborough Players, The Banyan Theatre and many venues in and around New York City.  Sam has also toured Argentina and Brazil with the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre.  Sam has directed shows at venues in New York City and regionally, and is currently the artistic director of the Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre.  He currently teaches acting and directing at the University of West Florida.

RED is brought to life by professional designers David Thayer (Lighting Designer), Kevin Dudley (Scenic Designer) and Osean Perez (Costume Designer).  The actors trained in painting techniques with visual artist and educator Christian Aanestad.

Red Playwright

John Logan (playwright) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. As a screenwriter, Logan had three movies released in 2011: Hugo, Coriolanus and Rango. Previous film work includes Sweeny Todd, The Aviator, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281.

Biography of artist Mark Rothko

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 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, Executive Director
Violet Virnig, Technical Director
Christina Patramanis, Marketing Director
Andy Sohn, 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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