With close to 300 performances on two stages each year, Riverside Theatre is the area's only professional, not-for-profit theatre. It houses one of the state's only free-standing buildings dedicated to children's theatre and is one of eight theatres in Florida designated as a Cultural Institution. The theatre also has one of the largest subscribing audiences in Florida.
All of Riverside Theatre's events are produced in-house using The Acting Company's staff. Under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Allen D. Cornell, sets, props, lights and costumes are designed and built on-site. Actors, designers and directors from New York and other areas of the country are brought in for two and a half weeks of rehearsals and up to four weeks of performances.
Since its founding over 30 years ago, Riverside Theatre has continued to grow. The original 633-seat Mainstage was built in 1974 at a cost of about $1 million. Additional office and production space were added during the 1990s. In the fall of 1998 the Anne Morton Theatre, a flexible 300-seat theatre housing all Riverside Children's Theatre productions opened. The Riverside Theatre has just completed a $20 million renovation, which increased seating, created a black box theatre and expanded the lobby.
Riverside Theatre offers Internships in the areas of theatrical production and operations.
Various types of Memberships are also available. For more information call (772) 231-5860, ext. 2226.
Riverside Theatre productions include: