Winter/Spring Classes and Workshops

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Classes and Workshops for Adults – Winter/Spring 2014

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce their continued adult training programs 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

Scene Study taught by Keri Wormald
Eight weeks: Mondays, March 3 – April 29 (no class April 14), 7-9pm
Location: Willow Lawn Children’s Theatre, except for March 3rd
Cost: $240

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. The course will help actors improve their cold reading skills as they find new ways to work moment to moment off another actor. Designed for both seasoned and beginner actors.

Living on Stage: an organic approach to the art and craft of acting taught by Rusty Wilson
Session 1: Six weeks: Tuesdays, January 21 – February 25, 7-9pm
Location: Willow Lawn Children’s Theatre, except for February 11th
Cost: $180

Session 2: Six weeks: Tuesdays, March 4 – April 8, 7-9pm
Location: Willow Lawn Children’s Theatre

*You may take one or both of these sessions

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.

Professional Development Workshops

Contemporary Movement and Text taught by Kaye Weinstein Gary
Saturday, February 15, 1pm-3pm
Location: The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn
Cost: $45

This workshop addresses a physical approach to acting. The participants will be involved with a movement class that focuses on alignment, range of motion, body awareness, and flexibility. Creativity will be introduced through improvisation with action verbs. Each participant will then have a chance to work with a short monologue, adding creative, abstract movement to a familiar monologue from a play.

Dance for Theatre Artists taught by Peggy Thibodeau
Saturday, February 8th
Location: SPARC Center: 2106-A North Hamilton St. RVA 23230
Cost: $60

This workshop will cover all areas of theatre dance, including ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Participants will learn basic skills and techniques, terminology, and combinations from a wide array of dance styles.

Alexander Technique taught by Kelley Schroger
Saturday, February 22, 1-4pm
Location: The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn
Cost: $60

“The body gives the experience expression. Gaining knowledge and sensitivity of the body frees the actor to test and explore his or her physical and emotional range.” –Kelly McEvenue, Alexander Teacher, Stratford Festival Theatre Company of Canada

We all know that the mind/body connection is real. All of the choices we make start with a thought, including our choices in movement and how we use ourselves. But all of our choices are not necessarily conscious. The Alexander Technique is a gentle yet powerful tool for the actor to identify habits of tension in the body and experience how the habitual, unconscious use of ourselves affects our function. Come explore the Alexander Technique through movement and acting exercises to find greater awareness, ease and presence on stage and off.

Viewpoints Workshop taught by Jenny Hundley and Laine Satterfield
Saturday, March 1, 2pm-6pm
Location: The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn
Cost: $75

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.


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.

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.

Kelley Schoger has spent the last fifteen years working professionally in theatre as an actor, teaching artist, director and arts administrator. She lived in New York City for ten years working as an actor, puppeteer and in various other capacities within the arts with such organizations as MCC Theater, La Mama, Theatre for the New City, Mabou Mines, Aisling Arts, The Roundabout Theatre Company and Inside Broadway. She subsequently moved to Tortola, British Virgin Islands were she taught drama, puppetry and directed plays within the community. Her passion for teaching and movement led her graduate school, earning her MFA in Theatre and Movement Pedagogy from VCU in 2012. She is now in her third and final year of teacher training in Charlottesville, VA to become a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Kelley’s goal is to help actors find greater freedom, vulnerability and range through the Alexander Technique.

Peggy Thibodeau has had an extensive career teaching dance for over 30 years—teaching Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Theater Dance from age 3 to adults. She received her BA in Dance from the University of Maryland and created their first tap program while also working at universities and performing in regional and touring productions in the DC area. She settled in the Richmond area and became the owner and artistic director of Shuffles Performing Arts Center for 18 years. She has now moved to a new chapter in life teaching full time dance for Jessica Morgan’s School of Dance and enjoying her passion for theater and dance with SPARC.

Kaye Weinstein Gary is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and Artistic Director of K Dance, a non-profit professional dance/theatre company which creates new and original works combining the art forms of theatre and dance. K Dance produces YES! Dance Invitational, an annual national dance/theatre festival. Ms. Gary’s recent theatre performing experiences include David Mamet’s The Dog and Marsha Norman’s 140. Ms. Gary holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in dance and has studied acting with Elevator Repair Service (New York Theatre Workshop) and Richmond theatre professionals Carol Piersol, Morrie Piersol, Janet Rogers, Laine Satterfield, Rusty Wilson and Daniel Moore.

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 SalesmanCat on a Hot Tin RoofWho’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.

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.

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