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.

Irena Sarić

Managing Director

Irena Saric 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.

Katie Colletta

Development and Outreach Associate

Katie Colletta is a performer, director/choreographer, teaching artist, and theatre administrator based in Iowa. She spent eight years as a company member at Old Creamery Theatre, and served as Interim Artistic Director in 2020. Katie has worked as a teaching artist across the country, including as Artist in Residence for Iowa City through the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program. BFA in Musical Theatre: Millikin University. Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion: Cornell University. Masters in Arts Administration candidate: University of Kentucky.



Aaron Weiner

Administrative Assistant

Aaron Weiner 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 a staff member in 2021 as part of his continuing mission to help the performing arts thrive and grow in the city he calls home. He is particularly passionate about the development of new theatrical work and creating space for artists to collaborate and take risks, push at the boundaries of what’s possible and give their work the room and energy it needs to take root and flower. It is Aaron’s fervent belief that the beating heart of any great city lies with the community of artists who live and create there, and he’s proud to be a part of an organization like Riverside that works every day to keep that heart resilient and strong.

Kate Markham

Development Director

Kate Markham is an Operations and Hospitality Professional with a passion for the arts, education, and finance. She joined Riverside Theatre as Development Director in Fall 2019 after working for an independent cinema as Director of Operations and over a decade of experience in restaurants, hospitality, and event planning. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa in Art and Art History with additional coursework in Museum Studies from Northwestern University.

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

Patron Services Manager

Madonna Smith began working as Patron Services Manager in 2017. Always involved in local theatre, she enjoys acting, directing, writing, producing, and stage managing. Her other passions are library work, and community outreach. Madonna serves as president of the board for Dreamwell Theatre. In 2019, Madonna helped Dreamwell bring QueertopIA, an annual variety show showcasing local talent, to Iowa City with 50% of proceeds going to Iowa City Pride. (She’s currently working on bringing it back this year!) Madonna loves working at Riverside Theatre. “Riverside has been a part of this community for 30 years, and it shows. I’m especially proud of Shakespeare in the Park, and Will Power. I work with some of the most talented, and caring people in the area. Being Patron Services Manager brings me a lot of joy, and satisfaction. I interact with our audiences, which is a big part of why we’re here.”

Lesanne Fliehler

Box Office

Lesanne Fliehler works part-time in the Riverside Theatre box office. Her career began as a teacher at Iowa City’s South East Junior High School from 1977 to 1980. She then enrolled in the journalism program at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1986 with an M.A. in journalism. Her career at the University of Iowa lasted 33 years, where she served in various editorial positions in the public relations department and ending with the UI Tippie College of business as a communications specialist. Lesanne retired in June 2019 and lives in Coralville with her husband, Jack. Lesanne is a former Riverside Theatre board member, and she currently volunteers with TRAIL of Johnson County, the UI Senior College, and the UI Retirees Association.