PEGGY RILEY [ 1937 – 2014 ]
Peggy was a core member of the theater company, serving on the founding board of Shakespeare’s Associates, the dramaturg for all productions since 2004, and a dear friend. She helped many artists to a deeper understanding of the text and to more vibrant performances.
She strengthened the company through her wisdom, leadership and many hours of “roll-up-your-sleeves” volunteering. And she hosted parties in her home, reminding us to celebrate our successes together.
She will be sorely missed. We loved her a lot.
Lisa A. Tromovitch
Producing Artistic Director
From left to right: Peggy Riley, dramaturg, Jonathan Singer, costume designer, and Elissa Beth Stebbins at final dress rehearsal for Pride and Prejudice, July 2014.
Photo by Gregg Le Blanc, CumulusLight.com.
LIVERMORE, CA — Peggy (Margaret E) Riley (nee Gillan) was born on January 7, 1937 in Washington D.C. and died on August 22, 2014 in Livermore, California after a four year bout with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Neil, daughter Karen, as well as a wide circle of family and friends.
She was predeceased by her son Kevin.
The Gillan family moved to California after World War II and lived in San Francisco and surrounding communities. Peggy and Neil moved their family to Livermore in 1965.
Peggy retired in 2005 after teaching English for over 20 years at Las Positas College. Since retirement she has volunteered with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival.
Thank you to the following people who have made generous donations in Honor of Peggy Riley:
Chuck and Khabira Hartwig
Jay and Lynette Hines
Las Positas College English Department
Gregg and Jennifer Le Blanc
Livermore Cultural Arts Council
Judy and Mike Malinowski
Russ and Katie Marcel
Linda and Don Milanese
Jeffrey and Karen Richardson
Keith and Marjorie Riley
Bill and Mary Ann Zagotta