Meet The Team


Anna Johnson
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 was an original co-founder of Richmond’s award-winning Firehouse Theatre Project, serves as Company Artist for Company of Fools (COF) in Hailey, Idaho, and the founding Artistic Director of St. Thomas Playhouse in Sun Valley, Idaho. Recently she directed Peter Shaffer’s Equus, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind and the Richmond premieres of Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (RTCC nomination Best Ensemble Acting and Best Director) and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (RTCC Nomination Best Play and Best Director). Favorite Richmond directing credits include Next Fall (Richmond Triangle Players); Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas (Virginia Repertory Theatre); Sons of the Prophet (Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre); Kimberly Akimbo (Cadence Theatre Company in Partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre); Fool for Love (Cadence Theatre Company); Godspell (Cadence Theatre Company); My Children! My Africa! (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 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. In her spare time Anna enjoys hiking, going to the ballet, watching movies, jogging and spending time with family, friends and her daughter, Caroline.

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Laine Satterfield
Director of Education

Laine Satterfield is an award-winning theatre artist who has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed and devised theatre both nationally and internationally.  In addition to her work with Cadence, she is also Adjunct Professor for Winning Presentations (a public-speaking course at VCU), and Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater (a statewide high school playwriting competition). Her acting students have gone on to NYU, Boston University, Carnegie-Mellon University, RADA, Emerson, and other notable conservatory programs. As an actor/theatre artist, she has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed, written and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. She has worked at the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center in NYC and toured commedia dell’arte and solo shows throughout Europe. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has taught at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, NYU, VCU, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Center for the Arts, Artspower, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts, CenterStage, SPARC, Company of Fools, private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. Acting roles include Cadence Theatre Company’s Sight UnseenDetroit, In the Next Room, Virginia Rep’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Gidion’s Knot (2013 Best Ensemble Acting Award, RTCC), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012 Best Actress nomination, RTCC), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2011 Best Actress Award, RTCC) and Eurydice (2009 Best Play, RTCC). She recently directed Cadence Theatre’s critically acclaimed The Mountaintop (2017 Best Director, RTCC) and Airline Highway for Virginia Rep. She was recently honored as one of Style’s Women in the Arts. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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Director of New Play Development

In addition to his credits as an actor and director, Bostin Christopher’s work includes a variety of positions and projects in the development of new work for the theatre. He served as Artistic Associate at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska directing new work, commissioning new plays, producing at least one new play each season, including Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry, and producing Summerfest, a $400K summer festival of fully staged new work along with workshops and residencies. For three years, he was the coordinator of the Fringe Festival at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (LFTC). Additionally, he has served as a guest artist, new play respondent,  and workshop leader at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (LFTC), the Great Plains Theatre Conference(GPTC), and the William Inge Center for the Arts. He has worked on new plays with NYSF/Public Theatre’s New Work Now!, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for the New City, Moving Arts, Perseverance Theatre, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and Seattle Rep. Bostin is a recipient of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Continuing Education Grant where he explored new play development models at various theatres around the country. He serves on the Ambassadors Council of the National New Play Network (NNPN). Originally from Alaska, Bostin has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and North Carolina. He currently splits his time between Juneau, AK and Richmond. MFA from PlayMaker’s Repertory Company/UNC-Chapel Hill. Bostin is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab;  company member of Perseverance Theatre, Kokopelli Theatre, and Circle East (formerly the Circle Rep); and a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He is an Assistant Professor at Theatre VCU. His complete mess of a website can be found at


Dani Brown
Marketing and Administration Associate

Since beginning as an intern with Cadence Theatre, two of her reviews about Cadence shows have been published in The Commonwealth Times. Dani has maintained her theatre roots with acting credits in SPARC’s New Voices for the Theatre 2016 and in Connected with HATTheatre, and through commercial work for Virginia Credit Union. Dani is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Spanish.


Laura Cliburn
Graphic Designer and Web Administrator

Laura is a freelance graphic designer and artist. A native West Virginian, she graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009 with a B.A. in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Art History and a minor in Art Studio. While in Lexington, her love for design combined with her passion for arts advocacy and education propelled her career in the performing arts, working with organizations including the Singletary Center for the Arts, The Lexington Philharmonic, The Lexington Ballet, and the Woodford Theatre. In 2012, Laura moved to Richmond with her husband, and served as Marketing Director for Firehouse Theatre. She loves typography, puppies, UK basketball, her perfect tiny family, and coffee, but not in that order.

Jason Collins
Photography Associate

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.


Lisa Kotula

Lisa Kotula is proud to have 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 (

Connor Murphy
Administrative and Marketing Associate

Connor is a graduate of the School of Music at James Madison University. During her time at JMU, she 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 Kiss Me Kate and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Connor was born and raised in Richmond, and she has been with Cadence since the Spring of 2013.

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Matt Polson
Video Production Associate

Matt returns to Richmond after working as a Producer, Editor, and Videographer for a variety of companies and shows in Hampton Roads, including the reality show Fantomworks, Studio Center Total Production, and Metro Productions. Matt also works as a director and teacher for SPARC, and has performed in over a dozen regional theatrical, television, and feature film productions. Some favorite roles include Leo in Design For Living (RTP), Claude in Hair (Firehouse) Chip Tollentino in Spelling Bee (Barksdale), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Theatre IV), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Generic), Leo Frank in Parade (LTVB), Tamino in Magic Flute (Theatre IV), Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress (Swift Creek), and Ferdinand in The Tempest (Richmond Shakespeare).


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 Director for the 17th Street Farmer’s Market Festival which was 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 received the Teresa Pollack Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts in 2014. She has worked with Cadence, Virginia Rep, Richmond Triangle Players, and is now the Operations/Production Manager for Quill Theatre. Melissa and her husband, Roger, own and operate Whisper Recording, voicing phone voice prompts, on hold messaging, and radio and television commercials.

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Skye Shannon
Video Production Associate

Skye is a recent graduate of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, where she studied visual arts. She is studying at Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing a BFA. Skye has performed in productions through Cadence Theatre, Chamberlayne Actors Theatre, and Firehouse Theatre, and was a member of Cadence Theatre’s Fourth Wall Student Leadership Program from 2012-2016.

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Elspeth Sweatman
Literary Associate

Elspeth is a dramaturg from Memphis, Tennessee. She received a master’s degree in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. She is currently the Publications Fellow at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Lindsay C. Terrell
Technical Consultant

Lindsay is the Associate Executive Director for the Piedmont Council for the Arts in Charlottesville, VA. She 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 is pleased and proud to be working with the illustrious Cadence Theatre Company.

Claire Yenson
Literary Associate

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 and worked as the company management intern at the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club, and she currently works at Roundabout Theatre Company in the casting department.

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Associate Artist

Rusty Wilson (Associate Artist) is a free-lance theatre artist based in Richmond, VA. Since moving to Richmond in 2005, he has directed a number of critically acclaimed productions for Cadence, including John, (RTCC Best Director, 2017), Sight Unseen, and In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Other Richmond directing credits include Death of a SalesmanCat on a Hot Tin RoofWho’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (RTCC Best Director, 2011), Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (RTCC Best Director, 2009), Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade, and Virginia Rep’s To Kill A Mockingbird. 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 Uncle Vanya, James Joyce’s The DeadWaiting for Godot, How I Learned to DriveThe TempestDeath and the MaidenBuried Child, and Other Desert Cities. The company received the Idaho Governor’s Award in 2004, and 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, received a fellowship in directing in 2003, and was featured in the March 2002 issue of American Theatre Magazine. He currently serves as the Director of Theatre and Arts Chair at St. Christopher’s School and Cadence’s Living on Stage Adult Acting Class Teacher.


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Lara Koplin
Resident Scenic Artist

Lara Koplin has been a decorative painter in Richmond, Virginia since 1993. Since earning her BFA’s in both Crafts & Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has painted countless finishes for both commercial and residential clients. She continues to use her knowledge of textile and pattern design to create painted finishes for a variety of applications, including, packaging, branding, and retail store design. Her work can be seen in local Richmond businesses such as World of Mirth, Look Salon, Bygones Vintage Clothing, and Phillip Morris International, Inc. She has been working as a scenic painter in local theatre productions since 2010. Some of her scenic highlights have been Cadence Theatre Company’s’ productions of Fool for Love, Next to Normal, Sight Unseen, and A Lie of the Mind. She also painted Virginia Rep’s set for Busytown and most recently worked on SPARC’s production of Hairspray. In her spare time, Lara enjoys sewing & quilting. Visit her on the web at

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Rich Mason
Production Manager/Resident Designer

Rich received his MFA in Production Design from Ohio University’s School of Theatre. While at OU he designed Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot and Phillip Barry’s Holiday. His Holiday design won Ohio Valley USITT’s Peggy Ezekiel 2011’s Award of Distinction and Board’s Choice Award, and was one of twelve designs showcased in USITT’s TD&P Magazine in June of 2012. Rich is happy to be joining Cadence Theatre after having just design lights and scenery for The Mountaintop and A Lie of the Mind. He also designed scenery for CTC’s  Equus. He is Creative Consultant and Resident Designer for West End Assembly of God in Richmond, VA and continues a freelance career regionally. Rich has worked in New York, Virginia and Michigan designing for such shows as Deyos Dance, Shrek Jr., Tarzan, Catch Me If You Can, Comedy of Errors, Jane Eyre, Jekyll & Hyde, Waiting for Godot and Our Country’s Good. For nine summers, Rich was on Faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp as Scenic Designer for the High School Technical Design and Production Program. Rich also holds an MA in Liberal Arts from University of Richmond and a BFA from TheatreVCU.

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Clara Myers
Production Assistant

Clara is thrilled to be joining the Cadence Theatre Company as a Production Assistant. She grew up in and around the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia. There she performed in high school musicals, competition pieces, and mainstage productions and went on to complete a summer apprenticeship program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in French from Hood College in Maryland, and moved to Portland, Oregon to get a taste of West Coast life. She has spent the last several years traveling, and recently moved to Richmond to pursue her career in theatre. Although world-exploration is fantastic, she has greatly missed a life in the performing arts! Clara loves all things theatre, film, dance, and music, and is excited to be a part of the Richmond theatre community.


Janet Rodgers
Resident Dialect Coach

Janet has dialect coached theatre and film productions (most recently Cadence Theatre’s production of Equus and PBS’s series, Mercy Street) in the Richmond area since 1987. She is Professor Emerita of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University where she created the first MFA with emphasis in Voice and Speech Pedagogy in the USA as well as serving as Head of Performance for seven years. In 2004 she was awarded the honor of being a Fulbright scholar to Romania where she taught at two universities. Prior to coming to VCU, she taught at the Boston Conservatory of Music and was principal actress with The Boston Shakespeare Company and Boston’s Lyric Stage as well as performing Off Broadway at La Mama Theatre. Ms. Rodgers holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Speech from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University.



2017-2018 Intern Company

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Sanam Hashemi
Education and House Management Intern

Sanam Hashemi is an Iranian-American actor and writer. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Affairs from Virginia Tech. As a newcomer to Richmond, she is thrilled to learn and grow in her new community by joining the Cadence team. By serving as Education Intern, she seeks to explore the intersections of theatre, social and environmental justice, and creative writing while connecting with others looking to engage in creative and innovative work.  


Melissa (Lissa) Ray
Literary Intern

Lissa has a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Florida (Summa Cum Laude) and an MS in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford, Linacre College. An aspiring playwright and dramaturg, she hopes her background in literary study combined with her passion for the theatre arts will make her feel right at home working with Cadence Theatre Company as a dramaturg intern on upcoming productions. When she isn’t writing, Lissa funds her tendency to buy too many used books on Amazon with the occasional bartending shift.


Sassy Rychalski
Production Intern

Sassy lives up to her name and reigns from years of production experience in Richmond theaters. After interning for Virginia Rep at the young age of 16, she have been inspired ever since to have a theatre company of her own someday. Almost five years later, she is super psyched to work with Cadence and to see some familiar faces again. She can’t wait to introduce her spark to the company!


Erin Tripp
Artistic Intern

Erin Tripp graduated from The University of Alaska Southeast with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Theatre and Tlingit language, having the distinction of being named the Outstanding Graduate of the Liberal Arts. She followed this up with an artistic internship at Perseverance Theatre, Alaska’s regional professional theatre, where she worked closely with the casting director, served as an assistant director for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Arena Stage’s RB Fleming, and acted in Treasure Island adapted by Ken Ludwig. Erin most recently played the role of Kutaan in the world premiere of Our Voices Will Be Heard by Vera Starbard. Other credits include: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream translated into Gwich’in, the world premiere of the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Currently, Erin is splitting her time between Richmond and Alaska. Visit her website at



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