Biographical Sketch

Jody Hovland, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Theatre at Cornell College, is a professional actor, director and producer.  She is a founder and Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre, Iowa City's resident professional company since 1981.  At Cornell her directing work includes productions of Defying Gravity, Baby with the Bathwater, Don Juan in Chicago and Riverside/Cornell co-productions of Tartuffe, Our Town and The Laramie Project.

Academic History

  • MFA Acting, University of Iowa
  • MA English, University of North Dakota
  • BA Speech-Theatre, University of North Dakota


  • Actors Equity Association

Courses Taught

  • Acting Studio: Solo Performance
  • Basic Acting
  • Advanced Acting

Link to Theatre Resume

Theatre Resume.pdf