The mission of Cadence Theatre Company (CTC) is to inspire and transform our community by presenting contemporary, award-winning plays and musicals that uplift the spirit, challenge the mind, and honor both our individuality and our shared humanity. Through a commitment to artistic excellence, Cadence fearlessly tells the stories of our lives as we live them now.
In pursuing its mission with a commitment to artistic excellence, CTC in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre (Virginia Rep), presents a three-show season that celebrates the world’s most renowned playwrights, composers, and lyricists. CTC is further dedicated to accomplishing its mission by offering a variety of original educational programs and activities that foster inclusion, empathy, and critical dialog across age, gender, and cultural ancestry.
Cadence Theatre Company was founded in November, 2009 by Anna Johnson. Its highly acclaimed inaugural production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love was staged in rented space at The Firehouse Theatre Project. In the years following, CTC shared Tom Jones’ and Harvey Schmidt’s The Fantasticks and David Mamet’s Oleanna at Richmond Triangle Players and Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland, VA.
As an emerging company guided by accomplished artistic leadership and the support of Richmond’s theatrical community, members from CTC met in early 2011 with leadership from Virginia Rep to discuss the mutual benefit of a long-term collaboration. After months of planning, CTC was pleased to announce that they had taken a big step forward, securing a partner and a permanent home. This alliance enables CTC to uphold and strengthen live theatre as a vital art form, build future audiences for all theatres in Richmond, and create safe spaces for critical dialogue across communities.
Since its formation, CTC has produced fourteen Mainstage shows and has offered five seasons of highly successful summer camp programs for children and youth. Twelve out of fifteen productions have been nominated for 48 awards by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC). CTC in partnership with Virginia Rep won awards for Best Play of the Year in both 2012 and 2014.
In addition to CTC’s three-show season and summer camps for children and youth, CTC has launched a new program dedicated to the presentation of site-specific theatre in city spaces called Sitelines, the 4th Wall Student Leadership Program, internships geared toward providing professional experience, a pilot program for inner-city high school students committed to developing workforce readiness skills through the creation of original multimedia work (Stage Write) and a series of engaging classes and workshops for adults.