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.
Julia Bruce is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Ridgefield Magazine and Wilton Magazine as well as Books,Ink for Ridgefield's Hamlet Hub. Julia also writes and performs standup comedy. She does so much for RIFF that we can't even come up with an adequate title to describe her many duties. Suffice to say, that she is indispensable to the festival. Julia volunteers at ROAR Animal Shelter, Pets for Vets, and for the Homebound Delivery Program through Ridgefield Library.
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, Z-Space, Thrown Stone, East River Commedia, SIPA (School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University), Keeler Tavern Museum, Iceland Fulbright, Vestmannaeyjar Iceland Library and others. Joanne's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., most often in New York City. 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.