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3250 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
United States

(772) 231-6990

Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL is a regionally producing theatre affiliated with Actor's Equity Association, The League of Resident Theatres, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. Riverside Children's Theatre, the educational arm of Riverside, offers classes, camps, and training opportunities in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and video for all ages on a year round basis.

About DLS

ABOUT: Distinguished Lecturer Series


Mission Statement

To provide diverse perspectives in areas including Foreign Relations, Defense, Politics, Science and other relevant topics. The purpose is to enrich people’s lives with exceptional programs which inform, educate and equip us all with the knowledge and understanding we need to make sense of our world and the future.                             

What is the Distinguished Lecturer Series?

Celebrating its 22nd season in 2020, the Distinguished Lecturer Series at Riverside Theatre is Vero Beach's premiere lecture series. Distinguished Lecturer Series is a forerunner in the presentation of relevant topics focused on national and global affairs and presented by distinguished experts who bring with them unique insight.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series features four speakers and is typically held during the months of January through March. Each speaker gives two lectures, one at 4 p.m. and one at 6 p.m., both followed by a time of Q&A. Each lecture is given to an audience of approximately 675 subscribers in the Stark theatre, and to an audience of 200 watching each lecture by simulcast in the Waxlax theatre. 

Not only does the Distinguished Lecturer Series enrich our community through stimulating and thought-provoking lectures, the series itself plays an important role as a major fundraiser for Riverside Theatre. Located on the barrier island in Vero Beach, Florida, and overlooking the Indian River Lagoon, Riverside Theatre is the largest producing theater in Florida.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions of the speakers and may do so in advance by contacting the Distinguished Lecturer Series committee via the Contact Us section of this website.

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Distinguished Lecturer Series Committee


Frances F. Atchison
Deborah H. Peniston

Steering Committee

Ben Bailey III
Cynthia W. Bardes
Paul A. Becker
D. Theodore Berghorst
Faris F. Chesley
Marybeth Cunningham
John H. Dobbs
Herbert Gullquist
Wayne T. Hockmeyer

David Jarvis
John Kean
William N. Kelley
Donald L. Laurie
Charles E. Long
John Lowenberg
John C. McCord
John E. Moore III
Joyce L. Moss

R. Vincent Olmstead
Francis J. Partel, Jr.
Constance Pitcher
Patricia Rennick
Robert F. Ritter
Ronald F. Rosner
Frank N. Tsamoutales
James R. Walker
Macauley Whiting, Jr.