RIFF TEAM

GEOFFREY MORRIS

Executive Director/Director 2021 Festival

Geoffrey is founder and former editor-in-chief of Ridgefield Magazine and five other titles, which he sold in the spring of 2020. He is a veteran of the magazine business—he was executive editor at National Review, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest, and an editor at MBA Jungle. He has written and edited hundreds of articles, book reviews, and editorials and his work has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. He holds a BA (philosophy) from Hobart College and an MBA from NYU. He lives in Ridgefield with his wife, Martha, and two daughters.

Email: geoffrey@riffct.org

JOANNE HUDSON

Production Manager/Founder-Director 2016 Festival

Joanne is a playwright, director and budding filmmaker whose plays have been commissioned, developed and produced by Huntington Theatre Co., Boston Playwrights Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Tank, The Marsh, Thrown Stone, East River Commedia, SIPA (School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University), Keeler Tavern Museum, Iceland Fulbright, Vestmannaeyjar Iceland Library and others. As a Fulbright Scholar in creative writing, she traveled to Iceland to write a play about a scientist who loses her ethics and finds her humanity, “unbidden,” now included in the literature of the Westmann Islands. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. Joanne founded RIFF in 2015 and directed it's first iteration in 2016, in order to be around filmmakers and learn the craft of filmmaking, and in the hopes of making the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema.

LISA CAMBRIDGE-MITCHELL

Moderator

Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell founded Persist in Joy, a Personal Development and Leadership Coaching and Consultancy after 20+ years of heading publicity, artist development, and marketing for household names like TLC, P!NK, Usher, OutKast, Ciara, Toni Braxton, Snoop Dogg, CeeLo Green, Miguel, G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Tinashe and countless more. While building an accomplished and rewarding career as a senior music executive, Lisa found herself discouraged by the glass ceiling and patriarchal corporate politics. Asking, “Is this it?” she began re-evaluating her career. A long-term career as a senior executive in the music business is especially rare for women. Feeling underutilized and frustrated with the lack of clear advancement, in 2016, Lisa turned her frustration into an opportunity to serve by becoming a change agent for others that she had not experienced as a career professional. Boldly channeling her artist development talent, she formed Persist in Joy, LLC, determined to further her work of collaborating with exceptionally talented creative people and supporting their success. Lisa, a graduate of the University of Virginia and a certified iPEC Leadership Index Master Practitioner lives in Connecticut with her husband, young son, and very aloof rescue dog, Steph Curry. Other accomplishments rounding out her life include board membership and volunteering in the refugee resettlement space.