Cadence Theatre Company
P.O. Box 7119
Richmond VA 23221
Mission Statement

 

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.


 

Web and Social Media
CTC's Award-winning produciton of August: Osage County
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anna Torquay Johnson
Board Chair Ms. Monica F. Rawles
Board Chair Company Affiliation Realtor, Long and Foster
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 7119
Richmond, VA 23221
Telephone 804 233-4894
Fax 804 000-0000
E-mail info@cadencetheatre.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $283,500.00
Projected Expenses $288,000.00
Statements
Mission

 

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

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.

This year we successfully engaged two additional schools (John Marshall High School and Thomas Jefferson High School) for our highly successful 2016-2017 Stage Write Student Leadership Program.
 
We continue to diversify our funding sources, particularly in the areas of individual support and corporate support.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Needs
  1. Increasing and diversifying revenue streams of income to secure permanent paid staff positions to keep up with growth;
  2. Building Infrastructure (expanding staff, hiring staff and increasing salaries to meet the growing needs of the community);
  3. Board Development (thinking strategically as we grow our Board);
  4. Engaging the next generation (inspiring young people to attend live theatre and participate in programs);
  5. Fill the gap in Mainstage show expenses vs. ticket revenue (ie sell more tickets).
Background

 

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.

 

 

 


 

CEO Statement

 

 

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.

 


 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Statewide
National
Cadence Theatre Company primary performance venue is located at Virginia Rep Center in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia. The zip code is 23220.  Stage Write is offered at Armstrong High School (23223), Huguenot High School (23225) and Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School (23223). Cadence Theatre Company's August Adventure Camps are offered at St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Virginia (23226), Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond (23220), Mary Munford Elementary School (23226) Tuckahoe Presbyterian (23226)  and St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Goochland (23238). 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Monica F. Rawles
Company Affiliation Realtor, Long and Foster
Term May 2016 to May 2017
Email monica.rawles@longandfoster.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Frona Colker Community Volunteer
Ms. Laura Heymann College of William and Mary
Mr. Joe Hoyle U of R
Ms. Anna Torquay Johnson Cadence Theatre Company Artistic and Managing Director
Ms. Lynne Kendal-Wilson Retired
Ms. Lynne Lancaster City of Richmond
Ms. Chris Lindsay-Abiare Actress, Community Volunteer
Ms. Katie Sharrar Mattes Vice President, CityParking, Inc.
Mrs. Sylvia O'Brien Capital One
Mr. Fred Orelove VCU Retired
Ms. Monica F. Rawles Associate Broker, Long and Foster, Community Volunteer
Ms. Lynn Schwartz Vice President, Controller, and shareholder in The Richmond Group USA, Community Volunteer
Ms. Elizabeth Sinnenberg Cytotechnologist, VCU Medical Center, Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Anna Torquay Johnson
Experience

 

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.


 

Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 7
Contractors 8
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations

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.

Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Fool for Love-Nomination for Best Play and Gordon Bass-Nomination for Best Supporting ActorRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2010
Godspell-Nomination for Best Musical; Leslie Owens-Harrington-Nomination for Best Choreography; Kim Fox, Zach Townsend and Shannon Marie-Nomination for Best Sound DesignRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2011
Molly Hood-Best Actress Nomination for OleannaRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2011
August: Osage County-Winner for Best Play; Melissa Johnston-Price-Winner for Best Actress; Katie McCall-Winner for Best Supporting Actress; Phil Hayes-Winner Best Scenic DesignRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2012
Matthew Mitchell-Winner for Best Supporting Actor Kimberly AkimboRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2012
Kimberly Akimbo-Nomination for Best Play; Anna Johnson-Nomination for Best Director; Irene Ziegler-Nomination for Best Actress; Jill Bari Steinberg-Nomination for Best Supporting ActressRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2012
Keri Wormald-Nomination for Best Director August: Osage County; Jody Smith Stricker-Nomination for Best Supporting ActressRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2012
Adrian Rieder-Nomination for Best Supporting Actor In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play; Brian Barker-Nomination for Best Scenic DesignRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2012
Sons of the Prophet; Nominations for Best Play, Anna Johnson for Best Director, Melissa Johnston Price for Best Supporting Actress and D J Cummings for Best Supporting ActorRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2013
Next to Normal--Winner, Best Musical Direction (Kim Fox), Winner, Best Leading Actor (Duke Lafoon), Winner, Best Leading Actress (Andrea Rivette), Winner, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting DesignRichmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2013
Next to Normal nominations: Best Musical, Best Direction of Musical (Chase Kniffen), Best Supporting Actor (Terence Sullivan and John Mincks), Best Supporting Actress (Christie Jackson)Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2013
The Pillowman nominations: Best Ensemble Acting, Best Supporting Actor (David Janeski)Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2013
Good People nominations: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Anna Johson), Best Leading Actress (Dawn A. Westbrook), Best Supporting Actress (Jacqueline O'Connor)Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2014
Clybourne Park nominations: Best Play, Best Ensemble Acting, Best Direction of a Play (Keri Wormald), Best Leading Actress (McLean Jesse), Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Firda)Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2014
Detroit nomiations: Best Ensemble Acting, Best Direction of a Play (Anna Johnson)Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2014
Winner--Clybourne Park for Best Play; Winner--Keri Wormald for Best Direction of a Play for Clybourne Park; Winner--Jacqueline O'Connor for Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Good People)Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards2014
Winner-Caroline, or Change for BEST MUSICALRichmond Theater Critics Circle Award2015
Programs
Description

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.

Stage Write: An outreach workforce development program for high school and middle school students. 
4th Wall Student Leadership Program: A leadership program for high school students.
 
Intern Company: Program for young professionals actively pursuing careers in professional theatre.
 
An August Adventure /Webisode Camps: 2-week performance-based summer camps for students aged 4-18. 
 
Adult Classes and Professional Development Workshops: Classes offered October-May. 
 
Sitelines: Free contemporary plays and musicals performed in Richmond's public gathering spots and cultural venues.
 
TRAIN:  Audition-based, year-round pre-professional program for advanced middle and high school students.
 
 
Budget $313,253.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Our challenge is maintaining organizational capacity and sustainable funding to match growth. CTC has taken huge steps forward this year by assembling a highly accomplished thirteen-member Board of Trustees. CTC was also recently awarded a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to hire a full-time Artistic Director and an Anonymous grant for a part-time Director of Education. Over the past year, CTC's leadership worked with Arts Action Research (Nello McDaniel), Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant (Ruth Modlin Ellett), Moose Management Academy (John Bryan and Candace Mraz) and Marketing Strategy Consultant (Brad Tuggle) on a Board-led, Staff-driven plan for growing revenue streams.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $283,500.00
Projected Expenses $288,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$180,778$121,078$132,446
Administration Expense$98,440$83,722$50,995
Fundraising Expense$2,658$8,815$7,124
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.171.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%57%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%8%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$83,745$50,952$14,009
Current Assets$83,745$50,952$14,009
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$83,745$50,952$14,009
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 2/2017View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ.