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 A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard, 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), 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 CTC’s STAGE WRITE Program and SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater, a statewide high school playwriting program, as well as adjunct faculty for VCU, teaching Winning Presentations for the School of Business.
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 (www.richmondmarquee.com).
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 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.
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.
Grants and Editing Assistant
Sheila Shedd is a professional writer and editor. Her company, Swift Creative (www.swiftcreative.com) specializes in language consulting for business, marketing and development writing, and translating English to English. Sheila has been writing Cadence Theatre Company’s funding requests and assisting with their development literature for over three years. She is the editor of At Hell’s Gate, a horror anthology to benefit the Fallen Soldier’s Fund, and her original writing can be seen online and in magazines and anthologies. Sheila has a BA from the University of California, an MA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is enrolled in CultureWorks’ Moose Management Academy. She also teaches Culture and Diversity, Critical Thinking, and Composition at ECPI University. A California native with an affection for Disney, Sheila’s into steampunk, gallows humor, and stories with happy endings.
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.
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).
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.
Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Connor is a 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 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.
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 A Lie of the Mind. 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. www.richmasondesign.com
2015-2016 Production Intern
Alvino is originally from Florida. He moved to Richmond last year, after living on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. He played soccer at Louisburg College before graduating with a B.A. in History from Salisbury University. He has also studied acting at HATTheatre. Alvino’s credits include roles in While Shakespeare Slept and After the Revolution. Currently, he works as an ESL teacher with Henrico County Public Schools.