Amaranth Arts Gives Back to CTC

No Comments 30 July 2014

Contemporary dance company Amaranth Arts will be giving a portion of their proceeds back to the community, and Cadence Theatre Company has been tapped as one of the beneficiaries. Artistic and Managing Director Anna Johnson has been having meetings this year with Amaranth Artistic Director Scott Putnam regarding a future artistic collaboration, and couldn’t be more excited about what is in store!

Amaranth Arts

CONTACT: Scott Putman, Artistic Director August 21, 2014 Email: scott@amarantharts.com For Immediate Release

Amaranth Arts : Falling Back to Grace

Amaranth Arts presents the choreography of Scott Putman in Falling Back to Grace, an evening of dance with performing artists from both Amaranth Arts and Island Moving Company of Newport, RI. Performances will take place September 11-13, 2014 at 8pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA. For more information on Amaranth Arts and Falling Back to Grace, contact Scott Putman at scott@amarantharts.com or call the Grace Street Theater at 804-828-2020.

Falling Back to Grace marks the return of Amaranth Arts to the Grace Street Theater and to the city of Richmond since its last presentation of Humanity in Motion four years ago. Over the past few years, the company has been busy performing, presenting, choreographing, and teaching across the globe in festivals in China, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, and in the United States in California, Colorado, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia. Amaranth Arts is excited and eager to share the work built around the world to its hometown audience.

Amaranth Arts unveils the world premier of The One and Lonely, exquisitely executed by one of our most recent new additions, company dancer Johnnie Mercer. In addition, audiences will be treated to the Richmond premier of Shadows Fall Where Light Dares Shine, danced by Rachel Brady and Ryan Rouland Smith, and Creek Walkers Under a Waning Moon, channeled by Jill Brammer Ware and Karli Mestas. The community will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the re-staging of the acclaimed On the Shelf of Memory in the Temple of a Compressing Heart performed by three original cast members, Damion Bond, Erin Dalton, and Paige Horton with a new member to the company, Christina Johnson. A long time collaborating company, Island Moving Company of Newport, RI joins us on stage, performing both Scott Putman’s choreography, Land of a Thousand Reflections and presenting work from their repertory with Richmond audiences for the first time.

Amaranth Arts is a group of talented individuals from across the country who engage in supporting the company’s mission of “investigating what it means to be fully human by creating three dimensional visceral kinetic experiences.” Every dancer in the organization is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has come to the company through the mentorship and training of VCU Dance. It is remarkable to see the spectrum of graduates who have joined forces with Scott Putman to share his belief that choreography is the art of shaping energy in space.

This is the first event in the 2014 fall season for Amaranth Arts. The company will also be traveling to Denver, CO for their annual residency with Denver School for the Arts (DSA) beginning October 8 and running through October 19, 2014. This marks the 9th will once again engage young audiences by creating three new works on the DSA dance students to perform along side the company in a collaborative concert at the end of the residency. Three of these works created in past residencies and choreographed by Scott Putman for the talented DSA dancers were honored by being chosen for inclusion in the Gala performances for the National High School Dance Festival in Philadelphia, PA, and Miami, FL.

For more information, please contact Scott Putman at scott@amarantharts.com or 804-647-8890.


Give Today. Change Tomorrow.

No Comments 17 July 2014

DSC_3852Cadence Theatre Company is turning five! We wanted to take a brief moment to thank you for an amazing year. Cadence Theatre Company is reaching so many individuals within our community, and we absolutely couldn’t have accomplished our mission without your support.

As many of you know, The Community Foundation sponsors an online giving event for local nonprofits called The Amazing Raise. Today between 6 a.m. on the and 6 p.m. tomorrow, the Richmond community is invited to support Cadence Theatre Company and countless others. Click on the link below to visit our donation page, or use the embedded form below. And please feel free to share with your friends. Any amount makes such a big difference with our company!

Your donations make an impact! Your investment in Cadence Theatre Company helps to support the following:DSC_0067

Production costs associated with our three-show season of contemporary award-winning plays and musicals in downtown Richmond;

Educational opportunities offered to some of our city’s most at-risk high school students though our Stage Write Program;

DSC_7700Scholarships for students who attend to our memorable August Adventure Camps;

Keeping our ticket prices affordable!

Thanks for all that you do! We hope to see you this season!

Warmest Regards,

Anna Johnson
Artistic and Managing Director, Cadence Theatre Company

Photo credit Jason Collins Photography


Announcing our
2014-2015 Intern Company!

No Comments 15 May 2014

Cadence Theatre Company Introduces Seven Great Young Theatre Leaders

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre offers seasonal and summer internships for qualified college students, graduates and young professionals who are actively pursuing careers in professional theater. This year we are pleased to announce that we have selected the following highly talented individuals to join us:


NickNicholas Batchelor
(Summer 2014 Production Intern)
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 OrangesHedda 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.


MarquisMarquis Hazelwood
(2014-2015 Production Intern)
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!


AlvinoAlvino Medina
(2014-2015 Administrative Intern)
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.




534968_10150922562785935_833820689_nConnor Murphy
(2014-2015 Administrative Intern)
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.



connor scully 1Connor Scully
(2014-2015 Production Intern)
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 RamapaloozaOne 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 NormalGood People, and Detroit.



NancyNancy-Wren Bradshaw
(2014-2015 Administrative Intern)
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.

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