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, 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), 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
2014-2015 Administrative Intern
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.
2014-2015 Administrative 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.
2014-2015 Administrative Intern
Nancy is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, studying Drama and Arts Administration. She currently serves as a production coordinator on the Virginia Players’ Lab Series committee and is assistant lighting designer of U.Va.’s First Year Players. Additionally, she served as the light board operator for the U.Va. drama department’s Crazy for You and Virginia Players’ Gnaw Bone. She held an internship with TheatreLAB, and looks forward to working closely with the great people at Cadence Theatre Company.
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.
2014-2015 Production Intern
Connor is originally from Fairfax, Virginia. He is graduating from VCU in December 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre. He has worked as a member of Stage B Theatre Company, and as a board member of SALT, VCU’s student theatre organization, where he has also directed and appeared in shows. He has most recently been seen in VCU’s Ramapalooza, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Henley Street – Richmond Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Connor has worked on several shows for Cadence, including Next to Normal, Good People, and Detroit.
Summer 2014 Production Intern
Nicholas was born and raised in Richmond Virginia. He is a senior working on a B.A. in Theatre at Longwood University. He has participated in a series of Longwood productions, including: The Love of Three Oranges, Hedda Gabler, La’Amour, an adaptation by Gene Muto, and Blithe Spirit. Before attending Longwood, Nicholas graduated cum laude from John Tyler Community College with an A.A. in theatre. While there, he studied and worked under Kerrigan Sullivan. Though his first love is acting, Nicholas enjoys working behind the scenes, particularly in the props department. Nicholas’ first props triumph was during Hedda Gabler. Nicholas is building his props expertise as well as other backstage skills, becoming an all-around theatre asset.
2014-2015 Production Intern
Marquis has been in and around the Richmond theatre community for five years. He was an intern at TheatreLab, where he played the role of Solomon in Speech and Debate. Marquis takes an active part in Cadence Theatre Company, playing Vin in Sons of The Prophet, working backstage for The Pillowman and Detroit, and being happily involved with CTC’s 4th Wall Student Leadership Program. He spent his high school years under the tutelage of Keri Wormald, doing everything from acting in On The Razzle to changing gels for Pride and Prejudice. He is excited to work with Cadence again!