Laine Satterfield
Director of Education
Cadence Theatre Company

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TRAIN is Virginia’s Pre-Professional Actor Training Program for ages 12 to 18, led by Virginia Repertory Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company. This year long, sequential program will help the serious acting student learn practical applications of his or her artistic craft and build relationships in order to succeed in the business.

Through working with Virginia’s top professional teaching talent, including arvold.—an award-winning organization that provides casting, production and education, students will leave with monologues, dialects, audition skills, headshot / resume / reel, a vocal book, the opportunity to showcase their work for local directors and casting agents, and a better understanding of themselves as artists.

By audition only

One-Year Program

At Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn

TRAIN = Technique: Stanislavski-based actor training, working with monologues, scenes, cold reads, script analysis, dialects, on-camera, vocal and physical. Rigor: Preparation, consistency, discipline, accountability, responsibility. Audition: Techniques and materials for college, specialty centers, professional theatre and film & TV opportunities (resumes, headshots and reels will be provided to each student for a nominal fee). Immersion: Priority auditions, complimentary tickets, and backstage passes for Virginia Rep/Cadence shows, as well as the opportunity to work with our esteemed guest artists. Network: Building a network of relationships and contacts

Singers and Non-Singers, Ages 12 - 18

  • October, 2017 - May, 2018:
  • Mondays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. / Six Saturday sessions (Cost: $1440)
  • Thursdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. / Six Saturday sessions (Cost: $1440)
  • College Audition Prep Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Cost: $900)
  • Resume, headshot and reel add-on fee: $250


Saturday, May 13th 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
At Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn

All auditionees will be asked to read pre-selected sides. Singers: please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary Broadway song with sheet music.


Limited audition available. Please register early to secure a place.


Core Teaching Artists

Debra Clinton, Musical Theatre

Debra Clinton is a free-lance theatre artist, artistic director of the Jewish Family Theatre at the Weinstein JCC, a playwright and lyricist, and a full-time theatre arts teacher in Hanover County. Delighted to start her second year on the TRAIN faculty, recent directorial efforts include Les Miserables, Student Edition (JFT), Croaker (VaRep), The Whipping Man (VaRep), Bad Jews (TheaterLab), and Man of La Mancha (Dogwood Dell). Upcoming projects include the classic American musical 1776 for Virginia Rep. As an actress, Debra has appeared most recently as Mazeppa, the trumpet-wielding stripper on the Virginia Repertory stage. A proud recipient of the 2013 Theresa Pollack Award for Theater, Debra is honored to be a part of the TRAIN experience.


Erica Arvold, Film / TV

Erica has been a educator, guest instructor and speaker for over 20 years, sharing insights from a career as a casting director and producer that spans major studio films, television shows and multimedia projects. She has had the honor of collaborating with and serving students and faculty at universities, schools and acting studios across the country including UVa, UNC, George Mason, Longwood, TRAIN at Virginia Repertory, and many others. Her multiple festival and conference appearances over the years include serving as a panelist, moderator, mentor and host; recent festivals include Austin, Virginia, Richmond and the Independent Television Festival. She has been the keynote speaker for several organizations outside of the filmmaking industry as well. In 2010, Erica founded with the goal of raising the bar for all film artists through training and collaboration. develops and offers master classes for actors and also sponsors events, panels & discussions on all aspects of the industry.  As the daughter of a professor, Erica believes that we are and will always be students of one another, a belief that was shaped and molded by her years at The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) which has manifested into a deep love of craft and a belief in formal training as a means to consistent, constant artistic growth.  


Laine Satterfield, Acting

Laine Satterfield is an award-winning theatre artist who has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. In addition to her work as Director of Education at Cadence Theatre Company, she is also Adjunct Professor for Winning Presentations (a public-speaking course at VCU), and Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater (a statewide high school playwriting competition). Her acting students have gone on to NYU, Boston University, Carnegie-Mellon University, RADA, Emerson, and other notable conservatory programs. She has worked at the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center in NYC and toured commedia dell’arte and solo shows throughout Europe. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has taught at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, NYU, VCU, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Center for the Arts, Artspower, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts, CenterStage, SPARC, Company of Fools, private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. Acting roles include Cadence Theatre Company’s Sight Unseen and Detroit, Virginia Repertory Theatre’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Gidion’s Knot (2013 Best Ensemble Acting Award, RTCC), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012 Best Actress nomination, RTCC), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2011 Best Actress Award, RTCC). She recently directed Cadence Theatre’s critically acclaimed The Mountaintop (2016 Best Director Award, RTCC) and directed Airline Highway for Virginia Repertory Theatre in 2017. She was honored in 2017 as one of Style’s Women in the Arts and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Laine believes that the craft of acting has the opportunity to hold a mirror up to the soul and keep us present and aware in the world.


Janet B. Rodgers, Dialects

Janet Rodgers has dialect coached well over 130 theatre and film productions (most recently Cadence Theatre’s productions of Rabbit Hole, Violet, Equus, Sight Unseen, A Lie of the Mind andAMC’s Turn) in the Richmond area. Recently she was the dialect coach for the PBS series Mercy Street.  She is Professor Emerita of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University where taught for 25 years, was Head of Performance for seven years and created the first MFA with emphasis in Voice and Speech Pedagogy in the USA.  Prior to coming to VCU, she taught at the Boston Conservatory of Music and was principal actress with The Boston Shakespeare Company and Boston’s Lyric Stage as well as performing Off Broadway at La Mama Theatre. A Fulbright Scholar to Romania, she directed American and Romanian students in a production of Caryl Churchill’s play, Mad Forest, which was performed at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in 2004. Recently she was recognized as ‘Distinguished Member’ for her many years of leadership in the international Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and in 2009 received the ‘Distinguished Teaching Award’ from VCU’s School of the Arts. Ms. Rodgers holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Speech from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University.  Additional training include one year at the American Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Shakespeare training with Jeremy Geidt at Harvard University and a Directing Internship at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre under the tutelage of David Wheeler. Teacher, Author, Actress and Director, Ms. Rodgers’ career has always been devoted to the highest principles of the art of theatre and helping actors achieve their best performances.


Stephen Rudlin, Vocal Coach

Stephen Rudlin has served as Music Director, Vocal Supervisor, and Vocal Coach for such shows as: Best Musical, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE and this year's critically acclaimed VIOLET, Cadence Theatre. For Virginia Repertory Theatre, his credits include A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, SOUTH PACIFIC, JUNIE.B. JONES, COWGIRLS, and THE FABULOUSLIPITONES. He has mentored over 250 private vocal students who have gone on to be in such BROADWAY Shows as FINDING NEVERLAND, PETER PAN, THE KING & I, MAMMA MIA, and NATASHA & PIERRE &THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. He has had numerous students matriculate to such schools as JUILLIARD, MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, NYU, BOSTON CONSERVATORY, HARVARD, CARNEGIE MELLON, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, and NORTHWESTERN. Personally, Stephen did his undergraduate work at William & Mary, and graduate work at Manhattan School of Music and VCU, all in Theatre, Music, performance, pedagogy, and curriculum design. He still holds the largest matching grant for a theatrical artist-in-residence from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. He has sung for The White House, Congress, Kings, and Queens as well as for our most important generation, our Seniors. He is currently developing a program, "Sing To Remember" in honor of both his parents who struggled with Alzheimer's and Dementia. And finally, he believes that Musical Theatre is a conduit to change, progress, and a link to all generations.

More at the Cadence Theatre site

2016-17 TRAIN students were honored to work with Children’s Home Society on their video, What is Family

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