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ABOUT

Backstage Rialto, a 501(c)3 support organization for the Rialto Theater Center in Loveland, Colorado, was founded in 2014 with the intention of assisting the Rialto in its programming efforts by providing additional funding and support for a variety of artistic endeavors.

GET INVOLVED

Attend an Event

Be A Volunteer

Join Our Board

Backstage Rialto hosts and participates in a variety of events throughout the year.  Attending our events is fun and supports the crucial work we do for the Historic Rialto Theater. Check out our events page for ticketing and other important info.

Becoming a Backstage Rialto Volunteer is a great way to get involved in the important work we do. Whether you have few hours a year or all the time in the world, we can always use good help. Click the link below to apply to be a BSR Volunteer.

We are actively seeking individuals for the Backstage Rialto Board who have a genuine interest in our organization and mission and seek to use their experience, time and expertise to support the organization and the Rialto Theater.

WE NEED YOU!

BACKSTAGE RIALTO BOARD

JIM DOHERTY

BOARD CHAIR

 

Jim is the Community Director for desk chair workspace, a coworking community in downtown Loveland, right across the street from the Rialto.  Jim is a long-time resident of Loveland and has vivid memories of seeing first run classics at the Rialto such as “Outlaw Josey Wales”, “Logan’s Run” and numerous midnight “Creature Features.”  Jim is thrilled the Rialto is now a first-class performing arts venue and as a board member of Backstage Rialto, Jim is committed to raising sizable supplemental funds to enhance the Rialto’s programming calendar

GAIL LUNA

BOARD TREASURER

 

Gail has had an extensive career working in all facets of theater. Recently he was the company manager for the 250th Anniversary of Château de Versailles Spectacles Celebration in Versailles, France. Gail’s many stage management credits include the original productions of Broadway's: Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Harold & Maude with Estelle Parsons. He was the production stage manager-production manager for Fallsview Casino, working with Frankie Valli, Audra McDonald, and Taylor Swift in concert, and producing World Rock Symphony Orchestra, and Britain Rocks Canada

LYNNE NIEMEYER

BOARD SECRETARY

 

Lynne has been a Backstage Rialto Board Member since 2019. She has also served on the boards of the House of Neighborly Service, Angel House and the Women’s Resource Center in Fort Collins. For 36 years, Lynne represented State Farm Insurance across the country before returning to Loveland to retire in 2006. She has two sons and two grandsons in the area and enjoys hiking, biking and traveling in her spare time.

SUSAN ISON

EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER

 

Susan is the Cultural Services Director for the City of Loveland. She co-authored the City’s Art In Public Places ordinance in 1984, making Loveland the first city in Colorado to do so. In 1989, she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, for her work with the Public Art Program and the Museum. She is a founder of Loveland High Plains Arts Council, and she serves on the City’s Executive Leadership Team, and as liaison to the Loveland Historical Society, the Cultural Services Board, the Visual Arts Commission.

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SUSAN RUFF

BOARD MEMBER

 

Susan has served on the BSR board for since 2016, and was acting chair in 2019. She is a realtor at Pink Realty in Fort Collins.

LEAH JOHNSON

BOARD MEMBER

 

Leah grew up in Loveland and is a former City Council Member. She has worked with many local businesses and non-profits including The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Bohemian Foundation.  

KAREN COBB

BOARD MEMBER

 

Karen has been a Loveland resident for 12 years.  She is blessed to live close to her children and 2 grandchildren.  Her background has been working in the hospitality, meetings and events industry for most of her career and is currently working as a Human Resources Outsourcing Advisor.  She loves to travel and play golf in her spare time, dabbles in jewelry making and is a movie, theater and music lover. 

DAN ENGELHARDT

BOARD MEMBER

 

Dan is a Loveland native and serves as a Lieutenant with the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority  He has worked with the LFD since 2006. Before his firefighting career, Dan worked for many years as a professional actor in Northern Colorado and the Denver Area. 

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS

Jon Mark Patterson

Kim Akeley-Charron

Ryan O’Rourke

Jacob Burd

Dylan Remus

George Walbye

Natalie Walsh

Wilynn Formeller

Stef Erion

Tamara Lemmon

Dale Cisek

Charlotte Johnson

Linda Ligon

Jan Armstrong