Camps & Workshops, Education

TRAIN Students Land Film Roles

No Comments 02 November 2017

Magnolia Pictures International

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre are delighted to announce that two TRAIN students, senior Nena Daniels and freshman Ellie Duffey, both students at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, have landed roles in Permanent, a coming-of-age comedy set in 1983 in a small town in Virginia.


Nena Daniels

TRAIN is the two theater companies’ year-long, sequential program that helps serious acting students in the Richmond area learn practical applications of their artistic craft, build relationships to succeed in the business, and get a better understanding of themselves as artists. Daniels has been with the program for two years, and Duffey has been with the TRAIN program for three years.

Permanent, starring Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Patricia Arquette (a Best Supporting Actress winner for Boyhood), tells the story of an idiosyncratic family striving for an artistic identity. The film centers around the family’s 13-year- old daughter, who tries to fit in at her new school despite encounters with bullies.

Ellie Duffey

Ellie Duffey

Daniels and Duffey, along with some of their fellow TRAIN students, heard about the opportunity to audition through TRAIN, which involves not only acting technique for the stage but also acting for film and television. This helped Duffey overcome an unfamiliarity with auditioning for film. “Before TRAIN, I had never been drawn to film,” Duffey said. “But after our classes, my interest and knowledge of the business grew. Auditioning has always been nerve-wracking, but with the tools I had studied in class, I felt more confident auditioning for this film.”

Both young women drew on the skills they had learned in TRAIN during filming. Daniels had already learned how to react to her scene partner and develop a backstory for her character. But some challenges were new. “I realized early on while filming that theater and film are two different platforms,” Daniels said. “I noticed that I would act big on screen when I didn’t need to. Film acting is about simplicity. The more simple it is, the more complex.”

Duffey also found acting on film to be a new experience. “I learned how to connect with another actor on camera,” Duffey said. “Throughout the entire process, I practiced patience and flexibility.”

Landing the role in Permanent is not Duffey’s only recognition this year. As a cast member of Quill Theatre’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, she received a Richmond Theatre Critics Circle nomination as Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Moth. “Being nominated was so amazing and so cool,” Duffey said. “I’m so proud of the work we all put into Love’s Labour’s Lost, and to be recognized for that was so special. It meant a lot to me and to the entire cast.”

Both young actors look forward to the seeing the results of their work on screen.

“I had an absolute blast from the first day of filming to the end,” Daniels said. “I was in an environment with loving and caring people who had immense talent, from the working crew to the actors. When I finished filming, I felt this immediate sadness that an experience like this was coming to an end but appreciative that I had been involved with such a wonderful production. All of a sudden, everyone in the room burst into applause. I was filled with emotion to the point that I gave them all hugs one by one.”

TRAIN Program Director and Acting Technique teacher Laine Satterfield said, “We are so proud when our students get a chance to share their artistry with a wider audience. Our objective at TRAIN is to give them as many possibilities to further their craft in the professional world.”

Permanent will be out in select theaters, Amazon Video, iTunes and On Demand on December 15, 2017.


Camps & Workshops, Education

Train with Cadence and VA Rep

No Comments 27 April 2017



Saturday, May 13th 12pm-6pm

Please email for an audition slot.

 One-Year Program, By Audition Only, Singers and Non-Singers Welcome, Ages 12-18

October, 2017 – May 2018:

  • Mondays, 5:00-7:00pm / Six Saturday sessions (Cost: $1440)
  • Thursdays, 5:00-7:00pm / Six Saturday sessions (Cost: $1440)
  • College Audition Prep Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00pm (Cost: $900)

Resume, headshot and reel add-on fee: $250

Auditions and classes to be held at the Virginia Repertory Theatre Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn

LEARN MORE   |  Questions? Contact Director of Education Laine Satterfield


Camps & Workshops, Education

On-Camera Audition Workshop

No Comments 01 February 2017


When: Saturday, February 11th from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Virginia Repertory Children’s Theater at the Shops at Willow Lawn
Ages: 14 and up
Cost: $30
*Space is limited

Get the experience of working in a one-on-one classroom setting in NYC! You will work on-camera with Instructor Emma Orelove, using a specific side she has provided. These sides will be sent in advance to the class, and you will choose one. Emma will then work with you on your prepared piece, providing feedback and adjustments, including the technicalities of putting an audition on tape. Your scene will be recorded by John Moon and emailed to you following the class! Please come with your sides audition-ready.

Emma OreloveEmma Orelove has had a crush on the theatre since age 7. Born in Richmond, she was raised through SPARC and Virginia Rep. She has over 22 years of experience and has worked professionally in a dozen of the States and in Italy. Upon moving to New York, Emma’s pursuits expanded to include screen work. She has since shot 3 films, starred in 3 music videos, filmed an industrial, started her own production company, and recently wrapped a feature film as a principal. She is currently working with one of the largest commercial agencies in NYC and working towards becoming the next Wendy’s girl. Until then, you can catch her back in Richmond in Airline Highway running at Virginia Rep through February 12th!

To register, call (804) 282-2620

Questions? Contact

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