Classes and Workshops for Adults

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Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre Launches Classes and Workshops for Adults

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that beginning this fall they will be offering an adult training program and workshops, taught by some of the city’s most well-respected artists and teachers.

Cadence strives to reach a population of adults who, perhaps for the first time, seek the singularly liberating experience of re-inventing oneself onstage.  Classes and Workshops for Adults will be offered to everyone from beginners to seasoned performers.  All who wish to dip their toes or hone their craft will benefit from the guidance of gifted instructors who have developed creative, effective, award-winning programs.  CTC’s workshops strive to provide a safe, yet challenging atmosphere conducive to artistic growth, community, and achieving one’s personal best.

Please fill out registration and liability release forms to enroll. Download and print by clicking on the links below.

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre Class Registration Form 2013-2014

Release of Liability-Acting Class

CTC / Virginia Rep Adult Training Class Descriptions – Fall 2013

Acting with Archetypes taught by Janet B. Rodgers

6 weeks: Mondays, September 23-October 28 at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia (Virginia Rep Willow Lawn)

Cost: $200 (includes book)

Class minimum: 8

Class maximum: 16

Course Description: Within the actor live many archetypes and therefore many voices and physical possibilities.  In this workshop, participants will engage in imaginative journeys to unlock their vocal, physical and transformative acting potential and will then apply their discoveries to dramatic text.

Instructor Bio: Janet B. Rodgers, theatre artist and teacher for 45 years, is co-author with Frankie Armstrong of Acting and Singing with Archetypes.  This is Ms. Rodgers third chapter in a long career in theatre.  After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College and her MFA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University, from 1975-1982 she was a professional actress in Boston, playing leading roles with The Lyric Stage Company and the Boston Shakespeare Company.  During this time she also taught theatre part-time at the Boston Conservatory of Music and was Director of Broadway Studio in Cambridge, MA. In 1987, Ms. Rodgers joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she founded the first MFA emphasis in Voice and Speech Pedagogy in the United States as well as served for seven years as Head of Undergraduate Performance.  She retired as Professor Emeritus of Theatre in 2012.  During her 25 years at VCU, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Romania in 2004-5, won numerous teaching awards, directed, acted and served as President of the International Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).  In addition, she conducted study abroad courses to England, Romania, Greece and Serbia where she and her students trained with Belgrade’s DAH Theatre and created devised theatre. Her 2004 production of Caryl Churchill’s play, Mad Forest, was performed at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival with both American and Romanian students in the cast. Since 2000, Ms. Rodgers has been collaborating with Frankie Armstrong in teaching ‘Acting and Singing with Archetypes’.  This unique work incorporates voice, body and imagination to explore archetypes which inhabit myths and legends of many diverse cultures.  Ms. Rodgers facilitates the journeys and then works with actors helping them to apply their discoveries to their building of characters for the stage. It is with great honor and a sense of joy that Ms. Rodgers looks forward to working with theatre artists of the Richmond community.


You are Enough! Basic Acting for the Starving Artist taught by Keri Wormald

Six weeks: Tuesdays, September 24-October 29

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia (Virginia Rep Willow Lawn)*October 29th class at SPARC on Hamilton Street

Cost: $180

Class minimum: 8

Class maximum: 16

Course Description: Long time arts educator and award-winning director Keri Wormald is known in the classroom for her blend of nurturing and tough love to bring actors from novice to performance-ready professional.  Based on some of the most basic theatre exercises, these sessions contain Wormald’s own spin.  Enter the “subtext circle,” “the boxing ring,” and “the abstract art museum.”  The class focuses on becoming comfortable in your own body (answering the age-old question “What do I do with my hands?”), making choices that are bold, personal and illuminate the playwright’s intention, while overcoming the fear of really being seen and heard. AN ACTING JOURNAL IS REQUIRED DURING THIS CLASS.

Instructor Bio: Keri Wormald has been an arts educator for over twenty years.  She holds a B.S. in theatre/broadcasting from James Madison University.  She studied in the postgraduate theatre program at Lancaster University in England before earning an M.F.A. in directing from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has taught for many high school specialty theatre programs around the state including the Newport News Summer Institute for the Arts, the Norfolk and Shenandoah Valley Governor’s Schools (she was theatre department chair for four years at SVGS), the Summer Residential Governor’s School at the University of Richmond.  She is a licensed Virginia theatre teacher (grades K-12) and currently teaches at the Specialty Center for the Arts at Thomas Dale High School.  She has taught as adjunct faculty at VCU, JMU, and Blue Ridge Community College.  In 1999, Keri was named a Disney American Teacher Award honoree for “creative teaching practice.”  The General Assembly subsequently passed a joint resolution recognizing her as one of the country’s top arts educators.  She was a 2006 SURDNA Fellow and spent four weeks in Aberystwyth, Wales, studying under the direction of international performance artist/director Ping Chong.  Keri works most summers at Universal Arts, a prominent venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Keri has averaged a student a year (or more) accepted into the prestigious Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School theatre program since she began teaching high school.  Students that she has coached privately have gone on to be accepted into B.F.A. programs such as NYU Tisch, North Carolina School or the Arts, and Florida State University.  As a director, Keri is a Richmond Times-Dispatch “Phoebe” winner for “best director” of “best play” productions Heathen Valley and How I Learned to Drive, both productions of the Theatre Gym.   More recently she was nominated for Richmond Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards as “best director” of “best play” nominees Doubt and Well, both produced by the Barksdale Theatre.  Full Plate Collection, which she directed, won the RTCC award for outstanding world premiere in 2010.


Living on Stage: an organic approach to the art and craft of acting taught by Rusty Wilson

Seven weeks: Tuesdays, November 5-December 17 at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia (Virginia Rep Willow Lawn)

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $210

Class minimum: 8

Class maximum: 12

Course Description: This class introduces students of all levels to an organic, step-by-step approach to the art and craft of acting. Through a structured sequence of stage tasks, stories, improvisations, and monologues, students will explore and pursue the art of presence on stage. This class is an introduction to a particular process of work. For those interested, the process will continue with further class offerings throughout the year.

Instructor Bio: Rusty Wilson is a free-lance theatre artist and teacher based in Richmond, VA. Since moving to Richmond in 2005, he has directed a number of critically acclaimed productions including Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Eurydice, and Mr. Marmalade. Rusty also directed Cadence Theatre’s production of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Prior to moving to Richmond, Rusty spent ten years serving as the Founding Artistic Director for Company of Fools, an award winning theatre company located in Sun Valley, Idaho. Favorite directing credits there include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, Uncle Vanya, James Joyce’s The Dead, Waiting for Godot, How I Learned to Drive, The Tempest, Death and the Maiden, Buried Child, and most recently, Other Desert Cities. During Rusty’s tenure, Company of Fools received the Idaho Governor’s Award, and it continues to be one of Idaho’s leading arts institutions. Rusty has been a guest director and teacher at various colleges and universities around the country, was profiled in American Theatre Magazine, and received a fellowship in directing in 2003. He currently serves as the Arts Dept. Chair, and Director of Theatre at St. Christopher’s School.


Stage Combat: Unarmed taught by Kevin Inouye

Seven weeks: November 4-December 16

Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia (Virginia Rep Willow Lawn) *November 18th class at SPARC on Hamilton Street

Cost: $210

Class minimum: 8

Class maximum: 14

Course Description: This class is a comprehensive introduction to the art of unarmed stage combat, including falls, strikes, and grappling for any number of genres and staging possibilities. Besides the technique needed for safe and convincing dramatic violence, we will also investigate the acting challenges and opportunities provided by fight scenes. While it can be a stand-alone course, there will be a Part II offered in next session, which will culminate in the chance to test for a nationally-recognized certificate with the Society of American Fight Directors, performing a scene with a partner for adjudication by an SAFD Fight Master. Testing for a certificate will require attendance at both sessions.

Instructor Bio: Kevin Inouye is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has been engaged in theatrical and film violence for over 15 years. A graduate of VCU’s Theatre Pedagogy MFA program, he now teaches acting courses at the College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University, as well as working as a professional fight director, actor, and armourer, the latter through his company Fight Designer, LLC. In 2012 he received a special RTCC Artsie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography for his work with Richmond Shakespeare on Macbeth, and his first book, The Theatrical Firearms Handbook, is scheduled for publication in Spring of 2014.


Viewpoints Workshop taught by Jenny Hundley and Laine Satterfield

Saturday, November 9th, 2pm-6pm at St. Christopher’s School

Cost: $75

Class minimum: 8

Class maximum: 20

Course description: This one-day workshop, designed for theatre artists and teachers, is part of CTC’s Professional Development track. Participants will be introduced to and physically explore the nine Viewpoints, as set forth by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. They will then be guided through a practical application of the Viewpoints in both the composition of new work and the rehearsal process. In this way, they will discover how the Viewpoints can benefit any development process, regardless of style, material, or genre. Participants will need to wear comfortable clothes they can move in.

Instructor Bio: Jenny Hundley received her BFA and MFA from Theatre VCU and has been performing, directing and teaching for over 25 years.  She began teaching drama at Collegiate School in 1991 and is a recipient of the Craigie Educational Excellence Award.  Jenny is also a faculty member of SPARC and involved in the upcoming concert event – Live Art: Tree of Life! Jenny has used components of the Viewpoints process with all ages of students and enjoys using the technique to devise new works.

Instructor Bio: Laine Satterfield has been teaching, performing, directing, writing, and choreographing theatre for nearly 20 years. She began teaching at Stella Adler Conservatory in NYC in 1995. She has taught and used Viewpoints specifically for World 3 Theatre Company, Aquila University, Teatro Proskenion, Company of Fools, Center for the Arts, and in various workshops and productions nationally. She is a faculty member at SPARC and Center for the Arts. She also serves as Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater and Director of Education for Cadence Theatre Company.

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