Artistic and Managing Director
Anna Johnson is founding Artistic and Managing Director of Cadence Theatre Company and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds a B.A. in theatre and dance. She is a co-founder of Richmond’s award-winning Firehouse Theatre Project, Company Artist for Company of Fools (COF) in Hailey, Idaho, and the founding Artistic Director of St. Thomas Playhouse in Sun Valley, Idaho. Most recently she directed the Richmond premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People and the Virginia premiere of Stephen Karam’s award-winning Sons of the Prophet (RTCC nomination Best Play and Best Director: Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre). Favorite Richmond directing credits include Next Fall (Richmond Triangle Players); Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas (2012 RTCC Nomination Best Locally Developed Work: Virginia Rep); Kimberly Akimbo (2012 RTCC Nomination Best Play and Best Director: Cadence Theatre Company in Partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre); Fool for Love (2010 RTCC nomination Best Play: Cadence Theatre Company),The Fantasticks, Oleanna and Godspell (2011 RTCC nomination Best Musical: Cadence Theatre Company); A Doll’s House (2010 RTCC nomination Best Ensemble Acting: Henley Street Theatre); My Children! My Africa! (1997 Phoebe nomination Best Play: Theatre IV) and A Devil Inside (Theatre IV); And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank (Jewish Family Theatre); Tone Clusters (Firehouse Theatre Project). Acting credits include roles in Steel Magnolias, Rabbit Hole, Sight Unseen and Bus Stop (COF). Anna also serves on the Board of Directors of the Campfire Foundation in Boise, Idaho. Since Cadence’s inception she has also been involved in areas of educational programming, production, marketing, volunteer recruitment and management, publicity management, development and administration.
Director of Education
Laine is an award-winning theatre artist who has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has trained at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University College of London (dramaturgy – Shakespeare and modern British). She has taught at New York University, Stella Adler Conservatory, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Company of Fools, Artspower, SPARC, Center for the Arts, Centerstage, Cadence Theatre Company, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts and various workshops in the states and abroad. Laine founded the New York City based theatre group, World 3 Theatre Company, where she was Artistic and Founding Director. She served as Community Relations Manager for the Richmond Ballet, Marketing and Development Coordinator for Company of Fools, Programs Director for SPARC, (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), Programs Director for Poetry Out Loud, when it was facilitated by SPARC, and Executive Director for OPUS, (Connecting the Richmond Community with the Performing Arts). She also toured extensively with the international theatre group, Linea Trasversale, headed up by Eugenio Barba. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, and a panelist for the VCA’s Arts in Education Grant Program. In addition to teaching theatre to all ages in the Richmond area, she serves as Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater, a statewide high school playwriting program and Director of Education at Cadence Theatre Company.
Billy Christopher Maupin
Billy Christopher Maupin was named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40 by STYLE Weekly in 2010. He is a freelance director, actor, teacher, and producer, and recently spent several years as the Marketing Manager for Virginia Repertory Theatre. He studied music education and theatre at Campbellsville University and Western Kentucky University. Richmond directing credits include Breast in Show (Carol Piersol in partnership with Virginia Rep); The Children’s Hour (CAT); Becky’s New Car (Virginia Rep); Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (FTP); A Gender-Reversed Exploration of Macbeth (Richmond Shakespeare); Jack and the Beanstalk (Virginia Rep), and more. On stage he turned in a critically-acclaimed performances in Something Intangible (RTCC Nomination for Best Actor, FTP), Virginia Rep’s Smoke on the Mountain trilogy, and also in Cadence’s production of The Fantasticks. He appeared as Martin in Cadence Theatre Company’s inaugural production, Fool for Love, and most recently appeared in A Bright New Boise.
Lindsay C. Terrell
Internet Services Manager
Lindsay graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2006 with a B.S. in Arts Management. From there she moved to Portland, OR where she freelanced in varying production management and administrative capacities for ArtistsRep, Profile Theatre, Key Productions, Broadway Rose, and Cygnet Productions until she came to serve as the Executive Director for CoHo Productions. Favorite production credits include Mr. Marmalade, Singin’ in the Rain, 9 Parts of Desire, The Receptionist, Fool for Love, Hamlet, and This Lime Tree Bower. She moved to Richmond with her now-husband where she worked as the General Manager for Firehouse Theatre Project. Recently she and her family relocated back to Portland, where she served as Executive Director of CoHo Productions before dedicating time to her growing family. She is pleased and proud to be working with the illustrious Cadence Theatre Company to produce some of the most engaging theatre with Richmond’s finest.
Lisa Kotula is proud to come on board as part-time bookkeeper for Cadence Theatre Company. She has previously held positions as bookkeeper for Firehouse Theatre Project, executive administrative assistant at SunTrust Mortgage and Director of Music for Monumental Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA. Lisa has served Richmond theatre onstage as well over the last 21 years, working for Virginia Repertory Theatre, Firehouse Theatre Project, Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players, Carol Piersol and CTC, among others. In 2006, she created a monthly newsletter for the Richmond theatre community and continues to serve as Managing Editor of Richmond Marquee (www.richmondmarquee.com).
Marketing and Development Strategy Consultant
Brad Tuggle is a professional arts manager, director and performer as well as a published case study author. He studied Theater Management at the Yale School of Drama and Directing and Performance at Longwood University. He has worked in managerial roles for Yale Repertory Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Firehouse Theatre Project, Yale Summer Cabaret and the I-Park Foundation – an artist-in-residence non-profit that invites artists from all disciplines. In addition, he has performed or directed for more than 10 Virginia based theatres as well as Yale Cabaret.
While at Yale, he served in various positions including Assistant Managing Director or Marketing Associate for the world premieres of Bossa Nova, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and POP! With Virginia Repertory Theatre he was the Production Manager for the Hanover Tavern season, Assistant to the Managing Director in charge of contracting and licensing and the Facilities Manager of multiple locations. His published case study follows Emerson College’s performing arts presenting and producing company ArtsEmerson. Written during the founding days of the organization prior to their first performance, the case study includes interviews with Robert Orchard, Michael Maso, Stephen Roth, and former Emerson College president Ted Cutler. He has also been an invited speaker discussing artist-inresidence programs and environmental art for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. As his current artistic outlet he is writing Fidelity Fades, a play with music.
Melissa Johnston Price
Special Events Coordinator
Melissa Johnston Price has been working in event coordinating and catering for the past 25 years. She was heavily involved in both the June Jubilee and the Children’s Festivals in the 90’s and was the Festival Director for the 17th Street Farmer’s Market Festival held in conjunction with the Tour de Richmond bicycle race. While her children were in elementary and middle schools, she not only served as President of the PTA, directing a Board of approximately 30 volunteers, but also was Chairman of Events and Celebrations for over 5 years. Melissa is also an actress, voted one of Richmond’s favorite actresses for 2013 by Style Weekly readers. She has worked with Cadence, Virginia Rep, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare, and Richmond Triangle Players. Melissa and her husband, Roger, own and operate Whisper Recording, voicing phone voice prompts, on hold messaging, and radio and television commercials.
Marketing and Development Associate
Sheila Shedd is a professional writer, artist, and educator. Her fiction and reviews appear in Fangoria Magazine, The Monster Librarian, ALA’s Signals, and in collections from Sink/Swim Press. Her sculpture can be seen online at Toad of the Realm, and at local galleries and art shows. Since earning her MA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she’s been teaching Rhetoric and Critical Thinking at ECPI University. A California native, Sheila’s into indie-punk, gallows humor, and playing wildly competitive rounds of zombie-themed card games with her family.
Claire Yenson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 with dual degrees in theatre and business. For Cadence, Claire has served as assistant director for Kimberly Akimbo and the properties assistant for August: Osage County. She also holds the unique distinction of having baked an edible prop for all of our shows this season thus far. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Claire served as the marketing and management intern at Encore Stage & Studio during the summer of 2011. Recently Claire worked in New York City to work as the company management intern at the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club, and she moved to New York City in the fall to work at Roundabout Theatre Company/Jim Carnahan Casting, ColdCuts Productions and Dodger Properties, LLC.
Video Production Associate
Growing up in a world full of awesome gadgets to play with has made Matt Reamer who he is today. Just graduating from VCU with a degree in Creative Advertising, Matt has one more year of school ahead of him at the VCU Brandcenter to study and receive a master’s degree in Creative Technology. Since he was twelve, tinkering around with cameras and video edited had become more than a hobby, it has blossomed into a passion.
Jason Collins is a professional photographer based out of Richmond, VA who got his start in 2008 as a self-taught, part-time music photographer. His work has been used by many major record labels and published in numerous issues of Alternative Press magazine, local news papers, and several international websites. Jason’s passion for photography has become a full-time career and in 2012 he started his own company, Jason Collins Photography. He works consistently photographing anything from weddings and portraits to promotional and commercial projects. His non-traditional approach to the art of photography shows creativity and attention to detail. Jason’s unique style is a great addition to the Cadence Theatre production team.
2013-2014 Administrative and Marketing Intern
Sarah Stepahin recently graduated from Theatre VCU where she studied acting and directing. During her time at VCU she served on the student run theatre board as the Archivist and President. She also served as her class representative for two years and as a member of the Dean of the Arts student advisory council. She has worked as CTC’s house manager since 2012, and recently she served as the stage manager for Good People, assistant director of Sons of the Prophet, and properties mistress for Clybourne Park and Next to Normal.
Connor Murphy: 2013-2014 Administrative and Marketing Intern
Connor Murphy is a recent graduate of the School of Music at James Madison University. During his time at JMU, he concentrated in Music Industry, and was a production intern for APE Digital in Los Angeles, California. A classically trained bassoonist and contrabassoonist, Connor played in the JMU productions of Kiss Me Kate and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He currently performs with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra.
In addition to her role as the production manager for Cadence Theatre Company, McLean Jesse is a local freelance artist, actress, and theatrical designer. Born and raised in Riner, Virginia, she attended James Madison University for Theatre. Upon graduation in 2008, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to begin her professional career as an artist and actress. While there, she worked with TUTA Theatre of Chicago as their Production Intern. McLean moved to Richmond in 2011 with her husband for him to attend Law School at The University of Richmond. She enjoys instructing art classes at Wine and Design, displaying and selling her oil paintings at local boutiques and restaurants, and working both on and off stage with many local theatres, including Virginia Repertory Theatre and Sycamore Rogue. McLean is a founding member of local theatre company, TheatreLAB, and has worked with them as a Production Manager, Director, and designer. She has also designed shows for Cadence. McLean loves the creative community she has found in Richmond and will continue to leave her mark as a visual and performing artist here for many years to come. Visit her website, mclaintings.com, for contact information and photographs of her work.
Is a graduate of Minnesota State University- Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in theatre production. After serving as the Lighting Designer for Circuit Playhouse (the second stage of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN) and the Lighting Designer for the Historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, MI, he moved to Richmond to serve at Virginia Repertory Theatre as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer. Matthew now works for Henrico County as the Technical Director of Henrico Theatre. Having worked in a few different regions, he is excited to be able to help Cadence Theatre Company continue to bring fresh new works to the greater Richmond area.
2013-2014 Production Intern
Taniqua is originally from New York and was raised in Richmond. After graduating from Hermitage High School she went on to be the first member of her family to attend college. In May, 2012 she graduated from John Tyler Community College with an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. She fell in love with theatre when she did her first play in the 5th grade and continued to take classes, act in plays and study improv at John Tyler. Credits include rolls in Laughing Stock, Confessions, Did You Ever Go to P.S. 43?, Donny’s Diner, Nuts and Gingham Dog. Since 2012, she has served as the sound board operator for Good People, The Pillowman and Sons of the Prophet, and is also a member of CTC’s 4th Wall program.
Connor Scully: 2013-2014 Production Intern
Connor Scully is originally from Fairfax, Virginia. He is currently working on a BA in Theatre along with a minor in Business Administration at VCU. Most recently he directed Fuddy Meers For S.A.L.T. and performed the role of “F” in Cock. He has worked with Cadence as a running crew member for Good People and The Pillowman and as a fly rail operator for Next to Normal.