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.
The primary focus of CTC has always been to ensure the highest artistic merit in all our productions and programming; this is the touchstone for our other mission points. CTC’s critically acclaimed Mainstage Season productions inspired more individuals to attend live theatre in downtown Richmond, and our Arts and Education programs have grown exponentially. Under the oversight of the Artistic and Managing Director, this year’s successes included:
CTC continues to present meaningful theatrical works that inspires our community. Last year Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep's Caroline, or Change won BEST MUSICAL of 2015.
Anna Johnson founded Cadence Theater Company in 2009. Her vision is of theatre arts as an organic medium through which the perspectives of artists, writers, and audiences merge to create living work that is inclusive and unifying. From the Company’s inaugural production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love in 2010, to our 2015-16 Mainstage finale, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, our plays and musicals have provided a close examination of deeply moving issues that are marked by highlighting the human condition. We accomplish this goal using a set of fundamental beliefs: strength in collaboration; the existence of shared human values; and the forthright examination of profoundly moving issues. This is an organic process, inspired by the system created by Constantine Stanislavski, which leads performers and technical artists to draw upon their personal circumstances and be fed in turn by the responses of their fellows. The result is work that grows naturally from within and forms a coherent ensemble.
When every voice contributes to the whole, the laws of the nature of humanity will guide the art of affective theatrical storytelling. Theatre that reflects the human condition may unite us and create harmony within our community. This exemplifies the fundamental value of theatre arts as interpreted by Charles Baudelaire:
''It is one of the prodigious privileges of art that the horrific, artistically expressed, becomes beauty, and that sorrow, given rhythm and cadence, fills the spirit with a calm joy.''
Cadence’s presence in the community will empower theatre to stand where it historically belongs, as an integrated piece of a vibrant, living arts scene. Modern entertainment is increasingly solitary; our experiences are neutralized in darkened spaces while digital movement unfolds across back-lighted screens. Cadence Theatre Company will unfold the art of theatre as a genuine, shared exploration of human interaction. We seek to level the ground between artist and populace, and when the artwork becomes so accessible, it provides validation, the assurance that the entire spectrum of human experience is represented by meaningful dramatic works.
Our chosen plays and musicals are marked by a commitment to artistic excellence in craft, technical detail, and creative contributions. This commitment to vitality provides a level of spontaneity and empathy that resonates throughout the company. Our productions motivate compassion, urge inclusion, and effect healing because of our genuine determination to inspire, reveal, and connect.
The most effective messages are those that are absolutely relevant to where we stand currently as a society. That place can only be determined by allowing art to imitate life concurrently. This is an organic approach to theatre, and certainly to education, and Cadence stands uniquely at the center of this philosophy, providing an attractive and welcoming collaborative atmosphere which includes our artists, staff, Board, students and community.
Cadence Theatre Company is set apart by deliberately connecting pathways between art and real life. We believe in the capability of theatre to inspire, change lives and uplift our communities. We strive for inclusion and diversity in our programming and in our philosophies, and most of all, we endeavor to champion Theatre Arts as a means of uniting humanity by enabling us all to be members of an endless dialogue of the stories of our lives as we live them now.
Cadence Theatre Company presents contemporary works each season which share a common theme of profound issues of common human concern. Our chosen plays and musicals are marked by artists committed to artistic excellence in craft, attention technical detail, and are willing to contribute creatively. This commitment to vitality provides a level of spontaneity and empathy that resonates throughout the company. Our productions motivate compassion, urge inclusion, and effect healing because of our genuine determination to inspire, reveal, and connect.
We select from modern works that have been considered important under the above criteria, and they are consistently outstanding, as evidenced not just by the number of awards and nominations we have received, but also by the enthusiastic growth of our audiences, and the affectionate loyalty of our associates. Throughout the year, we offer a growing selection of tuition-based and community outreach programs also designed to augment and propel our mission. Johnson and Satterfield seek to build a unifying bridge between the next generation of artists and the professional world.
CTC is enabled by strong, dedicated leadership and supporting staff and board. As the company’s Artistic and Managing Director, Anna Johnson provides the overarching creative vision that guides the selection of CTC’s Mainstage productions, guides the creation of community programs, and chooses their stewards. Anna is ultimately responsible for shepherding the progress and evolution of Cadence. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The British American Drama Academy, Anna is a founding member of three successful theatre companies, a professional director, performer, and an active civic participant. She received her degree from Sarah Lawrence in theatre and dance, and has continued her studies of dance and the Sanford Meisner technique and Constantine Stanislavski system of acting for over two decades.
Anna grew up with family members involved in the film industry. Inspired by the intimacy experienced in films, along with the discipline required for a dancer to master his or her craft, Anna embarked on a lifelong pursuit of bringing those aspects to the art of live (or living) theatre.
CTC is interwoven with the Richmond arts community, and is committed to strengthening and evolving its rich artistic diversity. Each play Cadence presents is chosen to bring to Richmond audiences the world’s most celebrated contemporary works. CTC is a productive collaborator to Virginia Rep as well as SPARC, and a member of RVA Theatre Alliance (formerly the Richmond Alliance of Professional Theatres). Cadence seeks to heighten Richmond’s awareness of social issues responsibly through collaboration with knowledgeable, professional, local organizations such as NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), VCU Dance, The Byrd Theatre Foundation, Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Weinstein JCC, The Reelabilities Film Festival, and the VCU Department of Psychiatry. Cadence Theatre Company also partners with Y-Capp, the Richmond Center for the Creative Arts in Healing, Richmond Public Schools, Capital One, UPS Freight, Youth Resource Networks and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
Mainstage Season: CTC presents three contemporary theatrical works specifically chosen for their philosophical dept, their proven artistic merit, their accessibility through humor, and their candid exploration of the human condition. Includes at least one Talk Back Sunday community engagement event per show.
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