Youth on Stage with Cap One

No Comments 25 July 2017


Capital One Grant to Put Richmond Youth on Center Stage

Richmond, Va. (July 1, 2017)—Cadence Theatre Company is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from Capital One. Cadence Theatre Company will use the funds for Stage Write, a student leadership and workforce development program.

Launched in 2014, Stage Write uses performance arts training to help Richmond area High School students develop and strengthen skills—from critical thinking to teamwork—necessary in today’s workforce. Students work with professional teaching artists to apply these skills in original curriculum, including creative writing, college essays, mock interviews, and oral presentation.

“Our goal is to give the students the confidence and life skills they need to be of greatest value to their community at-large,” said Stage Write Program Director Laine Satterfield. “Capital One volunteers have been instrumental in our continued growth and success, and we eagerly anticipate developing next year’s program.”

C1 IFG V ColorThrough its Future Edge initiative, Capital One is investing $150 million over five years in community grants and support efforts to help more Americans get the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. For more information, visit

“At Capital One, we believe that that a quality education is the most important determinant of future success for children and youth. We are proud to work alongside organizations like Cadence Theatre that provide countless opportunities for students to build workplace skills and confidence, develop relationships with peers and mentors, and ultimately succeed in high school and future careers,” said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President of Advertising and Creative.

(Photo by Jason Collins Photography)


About Cadence Theatre Company

The mission of Cadence Theatre Company (CTC) is to inspire and transform our community by presenting contemporary theatrical works that uplift the spirit, challenge the mind, and honor both our individuality and our shared humanity. Through a commitment to artistic excellence, Cadence fearlessly tells the stories of our lives as we live them now. In pursuing its mission with a commitment to artistic excellence, CTC in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre (Virginia Rep), presents a three-show season that celebrates the world’s most renowned playwrights, composers, and lyricists. CTC is further dedicated to accomplishing its mission by offering a variety of original educational programs and activities that foster inclusion, empathy, and critical dialog across age, gender, and cultural ancestry.



Impact of TRAIN

No Comments 05 May 2017

TRAIN_Logo2_Black_on567x292 (1)by Danielle ‘Dani’ Brown

It can be an amazing experience witnessing the depth of a child’s dream, and particularly, their determination and ambition to make that dream a reality. At the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, seasoned theatre artists, and the parents that entrust their children’s dreams to them, get to witness this every Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday — with the occasional Saturday session. Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre’s TRAIN pre-professional program has created an exclusive, acting-intensive oasis for the young theatre artist-in-training, with an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of local directors and casting agents and perform in front of family and friends through TRAIN EXPRESS.

“There is nothing else like it for teens in the Richmond area,” said Nancy Coles, a TRAIN parent. “It’s like having a theater coach, film coach, dialect coach and voice coach all rolled into one!”

By providing a program that includes musical theatre, film and TV, college audition, Stanislavski-based actor’s studio, dialect, and vocal coaching, CTC and Virginia Rep has designed an all-in-one, one-of-a-kind opportunity to nurture, develop, and enhance a young actor’s knowledge and love of their craft.

TRAIN_photo“Jordan has always loved theater but he gained confidence and stage presence since being in the TRAIN program. The program brought out talents he didn’t know he had or hadn’t tapped into yet,” said Angie Pearson, a TRAIN parent. “…He was also able to experience [the] behind the scenes of a production. He has learned the tools that will be with him [for] a lifetime in the performing arts field he plans to pursue.”

And, speaking of pursuits, our TRAIN students have not spared any time in applying all of their newfound skills. A good majority are using their talents to dominate the stages in their schools and communities, for now.

“[Trace] just wrapped up a show at JCC, and is currently working on his school musical,” said Nancy Coles.

Others are parlaying them into massive feats in their collegiate future.

“Next year, I am going to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for to get my BFA in Acting!” said Bobbie Edmunds, a high school TRAIN student.

There are even a good few of our “TRAIN-ers” either wrapping up performances or beginning rehearsals for professional gigs, like CTC’s Violet, Virginia Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Story and Beauty and the Beast, and the upcoming feature film, Permanent, starring Patricia Arquette.

“TRAIN has opened doors to [Ellie’s] for a few acting jobs,” said Kent Duffy, a TRAIN parent. “In July 2016, she was invited to be a part of SPARC New Voices for the Theater with a role in one of the plays. She was also recommended to audition for the feature film Permanent and had a principal role in the film. Finally, she just was recommended to Quill Theater for an audition for Love’s Labours Lost in the role and Moth, and we found out today she got the role. She was recommended for all of these roles/experiences by her TRAIN instructors, therefore they were instrumental in helping her learn not just in the classroom, but on the stage as well .”

And some, like the ambitious artists they are, are pursuing a combination of all of the mentioned above.

“[Grace] was recently accepted to Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an independent school in Natick, Massachusetts, as an eleventh grade theater student and plans to attend next year,” revealed TRAIN parent Catherine O’Brion. “She’s acting in a short film project directed by a fellow student at the Henrico High School Center for the Arts (to be shown at Firehouse Theater as part of a festival of student films, I think). She was cast as Charlotte in SPARC’s summer production of Oliver. She performs in SPARC’s Spotlight.”

However, while practical application is important — and probably the reason many parents choose the program — the ultimate benefit students gain through TRAIN are skills most don’t understand the importance of until college, or after: focus, networking, and confidence.

“She is learning to be a professional,” said Kent Duffy.

While TRAIN is rigorous in its acting training, with an added emphasis on resume writing, theatre history, and headshot, reel, and vocal book development, it is also rigorous in its development of students’ work ethic and knowledge of their industry.

“She’s grown in every facet, with focused, individualized, professional feedback,” said Catherine O’Brion.

Whether they’re sharpening their on-camera presence with Erica Arvold, honing their acting craft with Laine Satterfield, finding their voice with Stephen Rudlin, polishing their dialects with Janet Rogers, or establishing their confidence on the musical theatre stage with Debra Clinton, every week for a year TRAIN students come in ready to work. With a total commitment to their dream, these young theatre artists are breaking their own ground in the Richmond theatre community, the industry as a whole, and their lives.



Watch Now: Community Defined

No Comments 04 May 2017

Mission: to share stories from our youth that uplift the human spirit, challenge the mind, and honor both our individuality and our shared humanity.

stage-write-logo_RGBStage Write student leadership and workforce readiness program is a project through which Richmond City High School and Middle School students will have the opportunity to write and perform stories that are relevant to their lives and the issues they face. The goal is to help them build the confidence they need to become productive members of the adult world. Through performing arts training, we will improve life skills needed in today’s workforce: speaking and standing with confidence, maintaining eye contact, using appropriate diction, identifying interests, strengths, and weaknesses, and an ability to articulate these things. We will also develop workforce readiness skills through contextualized learning, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, self-awareness, and professionalism. In compliance with the 6th-12th grade Language Arts Standards of Learning, Stage Write strengthens verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, active listening, word choice, characterization, and overall oral presentation.

Watch videos from our 2016-2017 season:

Community Intro

Capital One

Time Capsule (finale)

The Rights Box (TJ PSA / Game show)

Huguenot PSA

John Marshall PSA

Videographer: Matt Polson

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