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.


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. Recent plays include Cadence Theatre Company’s Sight Unseen and Detroit, Virginia Repertory Theatre’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). She recently directed Cadence Theatre’s critically acclaimed The Mountaintop and will be directing Airline Highway for Virginia Repertory Theatre in 2017. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.


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 Assistant

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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Sheila Shedd
Grants and Editing Assistant

Sheila Shedd is a professional writer and editor. Her company, Swift Creative ( specializes in language consulting for business, marketing and development writing, and translating English to English. Sheila is on hand to assist Cadence Theatre Company with funding requests and development literature. She is the editor for over a dozen Post-Apocalypse Fiction series, and her original writing can be seen online and in magazines and anthologies. 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.

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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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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Sophie Solomon Resplandy
Assistant to Scenic Artist

Sophie is a 2013 Graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in scenic design and technical theatre. She designed The Colored Museum for VCU main stage and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 for the Shafer Street Playhouse. Sophie has also painted multiple VCU productions including paint charging Shakespeare’s R&J and Sweeney Todd. She has worked a summer as a scenic painter at Shenandoah Musical Theatre for the 2012 season. Sophie has also had the pleasure of assisting painter Lara Koplin on some past Cadence productions: A Lie of the Mind, Sight Unseen and Equus.  Recently she has been working as a production assistant on various commercials and local television shows. Some of her recent paint work can be seen on the Fox television series Legends and Lies season two as well as on the upcoming season three.


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.

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Jocelyn Thompson
House Manager and Production Assistant

Jocelyn graduated from Howard University with a degree in Theatre Education specializing in Theater Technology. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and an Associate Artist at Cutting Ball Theater and Brava! For Women in the Arts in San Francisco, CA.  Since leaving Howard, she has worked as the sound production fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theater assisting with audio production on shows like Lieutenant of Inishmore, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and American Idiot as well in the School of Education recruiting graduating college seniors from Historical Black Colleges and Universities for the fellowship program. While in California, she made a career as a teaching artist in sound design and stage management and stage managed productions with Cutting Ball Theater, Brava! For Women in the Arts, Golden Thread Productions, The Magic, Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation, Kids Take the Stage, and Asian American Theater. Some of her treasured previous productions include Harry Thaw Hates Everybody, Jesus in India, Pelleas and Melisande, The Insect Play, The Oldest Profession and Marcus Gardley’s …And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi. Prior to moving back to the East Coast Jocelyn served as the Operations Manager for Brava and trained fellows and apprentices in front of house management and office administration. With her returning home to the East Coast she is thrilled to be bringing these skills with her to Cadence Theatre Company.

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Peyton Bowen
Education and Production Intern

Peyton Bowen is in her second year as Cadence Theatre Company’s Education Intern and also serves as the Teaching Assistant for Cadence and Virginia Repertory Theatre’s TRAIN classes. Over the past year, she’s performed in Spamalot and Man of La Mancha with the Dogwood Dell, Guys & Dolls and two original one-act plays with Henrico Theatre Company, and SPARC’s New Voices for the Theatre 2016. Peyton has trained with Laine Satterfield, Stephen Rudlin, and Rusty Wilson, and is a proud alumna of SPARC and the musical theatre program at Henrico’s Center for the Arts. Currently, Peyton studies at Reynolds Community College and plans to transfer to a four-year university next fall to pursue Acting and Business.


Dani Brown
Marketing and Administration Intern

Danielle “Dani” Brown is returning to Cadence for her second year as an intern. Since arriving, 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.

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Skye Shannon
Marketing and Administration Intern

Skye is a recent graduate of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, where she studied visual arts. She is now a freshman 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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Brittany Nicole Fisher
Production, Marketing and Administration Intern

Brittany is a native of Richmond, VA, and I received her BA from James Madison University in Journalism. She is passionate about creative writing, and hopes to attend graduate school to gain her MFA in Playwriting or TV/Screenwriting. She has poetry published in Gardy Loo Literary & Arts Magazine, poetry and photography (cover art) published in Kinfolks: a journal of black expression, and had a short play featured in the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her goal is to create art through storytelling and to have a career in writing.

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Clara Myers
Stage Management and Production Intern

Clara is thrilled to be joining the Cadence Theatre Company as an Intern and Stage Manager for the 2016/17 season. 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.


Elaina Riddell
Production Intern

Elaina is a sophomore at Reynolds Community College and a member of their Honors Program. She is studying Liberal Arts and hopes to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University to major in English and minor in Film/Photography. She is an alumnus of Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts as well as SPARC’s New Voices for the Theatre residency program. She has acted, directed, stage managed, written plays, and worked crew; her goal is to explore all the aspects of the theatre world. She is a freelance photographer and writer but hopes to have her own studio someday.

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Elspeth Sweatman
Literary Intern

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.

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