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 the Virginia premiere of Stephen Karam’s award-winning Sons of the Prophet. 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: Cadence Theatre Company in Partnership with Virginia Rep); 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.
Billy Christopher Maupin
Publications and Graphic Design/Social Media Manager
Billy Christopher Maupin was named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40 by STYLE Weekly in 2010. He is a freelance director, actor, teacher, and producer, and recently spent several years as the Marketing Manager for Virginia Repertory Theatre. He studied music education and theatre at Campbellsville University and Western Kentucky University. Richmond directing credits include Breast in Show (Carol Piersol in partnership with Virginia Rep); The Children’s Hour (CAT); Becky’s New Car (Virginia Rep); Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (FTP); A Gender-Reversed Exploration of Macbeth (Richmond Shakespeare); Jack and the Beanstalk (Virginia Rep), and more. On stage he turned in a critically-acclaimed performances in Something Intangible (RTCC Nomination for Best Actor, FTP), Virginia Rep’s Smoke on the Mountain trilogy, and also in Cadence’s production of The Fantasticks. He appeared as Martin in Cadence Theatre Company’s inaugural production, Fool for Love, and most recently appeared in A Bright New Boise.
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 to California. 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.
Lisa Kotula is proud to 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 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).
Marketing and Development Associate
Sheila Shedd is a professional writer, artist, and educator. Her fiction and reviews appear in Fangoria Magazine, The Monster Librarian, ALA’s Signals, and in collections from Sink/Swim Press. Her sculpture can be seen online at Toad of the Realm, and at local galleries and art shows. Since earning her MA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she’s been teaching Rhetoric and Critical Thinking at ECPI University. A California native, Sheila’s into indie-punk, gallows humor, and playing wildly competitive rounds of zombie-themed card games with her family.
Claire Yenson will graduate 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 to work as the company management intern at the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club.
Video Production Associate
Growing up in a world full of awesome gadgets to play with has made Matt Reamer who he is today. Just graduating from VCU with a degree in Creative Advertising, Matt has 2 more years of school ahead of him at the VCU Brandcenter to study and receive a master’s degree in Creative Technology. Since he was twelve, tinkering around with cameras and video edited had become more than a hobby, it has blossomed into a passion.
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.
2012-2013 Administrative and Marketing Intern
Sarah Stepahin recently graduated from Theatre VCU where she studied acting and directing. During her time at VCU she served on the student run theatre board as the Archivist and President. She also served as her class representative for two years and as a member of the Dean of the Arts student advisory council. She has worked as CTC’s house manager in 2012-2013 and recently she served as the stage manager and assistant director of Sons of the Prophet.
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. McLean moved to Richmond in 2011 with her husband as he began 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. Her Richmond highlights include playing Clare in Virginia Repertory Theatre’s world premiere play Scorched Earth and designing and painting her own mural in Jackson Ward. 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.
Is a graduate of Minnesota State University- Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in theatre production. After serving as the Lighting Designer for Circuit Playhouse (the second stage of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN) and the Lighting Designer for the Historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, MI, he moved to Richmond to serve at Virginia Repertory Theatre as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer. Matthew now works for Henrico County as the Technical Director of Henrico Theatre. Having worked in a few different regions, he is excited to be able to help Cadence Theatre Company continue to bring fresh new works to the greater Richmond area.
2012-2013 Production Intern
Taniqua is originally from New York and was raised in Richmond. After graduating from Hermitage High School she went on to be the first member of her family to attend college. In May, 2012 she graduated from John Tyler Community College with an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. She fell in love with theatre when she did her first play in the 5th grade and continued to take classes, act in plays and study improv at John Tyler. Credits include rolls in Laughing Stock, Confessions, Did You Ever Go to P.S. 43?, Donny’s Diner, Nuts and Gingham Dog. In 2012-2013 she served as the sound board operator for The Pillowman and Sons of the Prophet, and is also a member of CTC’s Fourth Wall program.