Riverside Theatre Staff

Adam Knight

Producing Artistic Director

Adam Knight joined Riverside Theatre in Fall 2018, after seventeen years in New York City. He was founder and co-Artistic Director of Slant Theatre Project, an Off Off-Broadway company that produced more than two dozen world premieres, working with a large roster of emerging artists. Past directing includes: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. From 2002-08 he was Management Associate for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). BS in Theatre: University of Evansville.

Aaron Stonerook

Development Director

Aaron Stonerook is an Iowa City based theatre artist who first worked with Riverside Theatre as a performer in 2004. Since that time he has accumulated a litany of acting and directing credits across the midwest, but his artistic home has always been with Riverside and the performing arts community in Iowa City. Aaron joined the Riverside team as Development Director in 2021 as part of his continuing mission to help the performing arts thrive and grow in the city he calls home.




Claire Barrett

Patron Services Manager

Claire Barrett joined Riverside Theatre in the Summer of 2021 for Riverside’s Shakespeare Festival as Front-of-House Manager. She hails from Iowa City and graduated with a degree in music from the University of Iowa. Barrett has worked in the arts in Iowa City for over a decade. Before joining Riverside’s staff she worked in patron services, marketing, production, scenic carpentry, and stage management for several local organizations including the Englert Theatre, Hancher, The Mill, Mission Creek Festival, Witching Hour, University of Iowa Dance, Nolte Academy, and University of Iowa Opera. “I am beyond thrilled to continue working within the arts community that had me enamored at a young age, and honored to be a part of Riverside Theatre’s long legacy of supporting theatre art (and all art!) as a profession. I look forward to the sharing the experience of live theatre again with you all, here at our wonderful new theatre.”




Anna Novak

Marketing Associate

Anna is a recent Iowa transplant joining the Riverside team as Marketing Associate. She is a proud Illinois Native and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the arts. With focuses in Musical Theatre and Performance Strategies, she strives to bring accessible and engaging work across the Midwest.  In her free time, Anna is also an avid volunteer at the Iowa Farm Sanctuary in Oxford. She is thrilled to be making her new home in such a vibrant arts community!






Irena Sarić

Managing Director

Irena Sarić has been with Riverside Theatre since July of 2015. Before joining Riverside’s staff she worked as a Programming Coordinator for Eurokaz – one of the most important festivals of new theatre in Europe. In 2017 she was a recipient of National New Play Network’s Producer in Residence award. She holds a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Management from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.


Chris Rich

Technical Director

Chris is Technical Director for Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, IA. He started with Riverside in 2019 as a freelance scenic designer. Since then, Chris has worked in technical direction, lighting design, scenic design, and sound designer. He moved to Iowa City in 2018 with over twenty-five years’ professional and academic experience and found a welcoming community and thriving theatre scene. Credits for RT include How I Learned What I Learned, Men On Boats, Stages and FEAST. He also works with Theatre Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Pyramid Theatre Company of Des Moines. Beyond the theatre, Chris volunteers with the VA Hospital of Iowa City and serves as host of Sound Salon, a monthly Iowa City based community event that incorporates storytelling around the music of our lives.

Madonna Smith

Administrative Assistant & Box Office Lead

Madonna Smith began working with Riverside Theatre in 2017. Always involved in local theatre, she enjoys acting, directing, writing, producing, and stage managing. Madonna serves as president of the board for Dreamwell Theatre. Her other passions are library work, and community outreach. Madonna loves working at Riverside Theatre. “Riverside has been a part of this community for 40 years, and it shows. I’m especially proud of Riverside’s community involvement with Shakespeare in the Park, and Will Power. I’m grateful that I work with some of the most talented, and caring people in the area. Being a point person for our patrons brings me a lot of joy, and satisfaction. I get to interact with our audiences, which is a big part of why we’re here.”