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 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.
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.
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 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 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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 larakoplin.com.
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
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 and Sight Unseen. Recently she has been working as a production assistant on various commercials, local television shows, painter for a large in-production Christmas event in North Carolina, and designer on an independent film.
Resident Dialect Coach
Janet has dialect coached well over 130 theatre and film productions (most recently Cadence Theatre’s production of A Lie of the Mind and PBS’s series, Mercy Street) in the Richmond, Virginia area. 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 and served as Head of Performance for seven years. Prior to coming to VCU in 1987, 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.
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.
2015-2016 Education Intern
Peyton is currently studying Liberal Arts at Reynolds Community College with the intention to transfer and pursue her degree in Theatre. She has studied with Stephen Rudlin, Laine Satterfield, SPARC, Richmond Dance Center, Catawba College, and Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts. Peyton’s stage credits include Man of La Mancha, Macbeth (SPARC Jeri Cutler-Voltz Scholarship Recipient), Urinetown, and several student films and dance concerts. She currently teaches at a preschool.
2015-2016 Marketing and Administration Intern
Dani is a graduate of the Thomas Dale High School Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, where she was a theatre major. While there, she enjoyed her training experience with Keri Wormald, as well as roles in Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Back to the Doll’s House (Roman Bride), and Hairspray (Judine-Dynamite). Dani is also a former SPARC student and participant in their Summer Stock shows, including Chicago (June) and Ragtime (Harlem Ensemble). Currently, Dani is a sophomore at VCU, where her major is Public Relations. Dani has worked with Cadence Theatre Company’s 4th Wall Student Leadership Program and August Adventure camps.
2015-2016 Production Intern
Catie received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked with Manhattan Theatre Source on estrogenius: a festival of female playwrights as an executive producer for three years and on Lights Narrow at the New York International Fringe Festival. Since moving to Richmond she has worked as dramaturg on Macbeth with VCU Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company’s A Lie of the Mind. She is currently a MFA Candidate in Theatre Pedagogy with a focus on Dramatic Literature and Dramaturgy and Adjunct Faculty member at VCU teaching Shakespeare and Speech.
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.
2015-2016 Production Intern
Elaina is a freshman at Reynolds Community College. She is studying Liberal Arts and hopes to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University to study Film and English. 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, worked backstage, written plays and short stories, and expands her photography portfolio often. Her main goal in life is to make a living following her dreams and artistic passions.
2015-2016 Production Intern
Elspeth is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and recently completed her masters in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Denver with a BA in English and Music. She has recently worked as a dramaturg with CROSSFADE Theatre Company in Glasgow and written her first play. She is looking forward to working with Cadence Theatre Company.