Laine Satterfield
Director of Education
Cadence Theatre Company


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

Erica Arvold, Film / TV

Erica is known for executing the production and casting of high quality, character-driven projects; colleagues, clients, and partners will tell you “she’s the real deal.” Her passion for talent and storytelling is demonstrated through the wide range of productions she has produced and cast. For more than 25 years, Erica has contributed and participated in the casting of more than 120 films, 75 television projects and commercials. She recently cast the first season of AMC’s series Turn: Washington’s Spies, the ABC/Amazon Studios pilot Point of Honor, feature films Ithaca and Kicked by Grace, National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy, and is producing the feature film Chesapeake. Erica was nominated for CSA’s prestigious Artios Award for the location casting of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. She served as casting director for Ridley and Tony Scott’s Killing Lincoln, Hallmark Movie Channel’s Lake Effects, and both cast and associate produced the features Wish You Well and Texas Rein. She also recently cast indie films, Big Stone Gap and Hot Air; and she cast and produced the psychological thriller House Hunting.

Debra Clinton, Musical Theatre

Debra has been a teaching artist for over 25 years in the Richmond theater community. She has held the position of Artistic Director for the Jewish Family Theatre at the Weinstein JCC for the past nine years, producing and directing three shows per season . Debra serves on the VTA board as Chairman of Theatre for Youth, and on the TheatreLab board as well. Recent directorial projects include Bad Jews (Theater Lab), The Whipping Man (Virginia Repertory Theater), Man of LaMancha, (Dogwood Dell) and mostly recently the musical Croaker, for which she wrote the book and lyrics as well (Virginia Repertory Theater). Debra holds a BFA from Emerson College in Dramatic Arts, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Performance. College adjunct teaching credentials include LaGuardia College at CUNY, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Debra has performed on many area Richmond stages, including  Virginia Repertory Theater, TheatreVirginia, Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players, and the Henley Street Theater. Debra was nominated for a 2010 RTCC Award for her performance in The Winter's Tale (HST) and was the 2013 recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Excellence in Theatre.

Janet B. Rodgers, Dialects

Janet Rodgers has dialect coached well over 120 theatre and film productions (most recently Cadence Theatre’s productions of Sight Unseen, A Lie of the Mind andAMC’s Turn) in the Richmond area.  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 has privately coached more than 250 voice students, many of whom pursue their dreams in NY, LA, DC and beyond. A featured soloist in The White House Gala, the Reagan Years, A Capitol Fourth, and A Ford’s Theatre Christmas, Stephen’s solo CD debut Being Alive premiered as the only CD in New York’s Cherry Lane Musical Theatre Library featuring Tony- Award-winning Maury Yeston’s “Unusual Way” from the Broadway Musical and movie Nine. Stephen last sang on the Carpenter Theatre stage as Emcee of the National Tour of the Sing-Along Sound of Music. Theatrical affiliations include: Ford’s Theatre and Virginia Repertory Theatre. 

Laine Satterfield, Acting

Laine is an-award winning theatre artist who also serves as the Director of Education for Cadence Theatre Company, Program Director for TRAIN Pre-Professional Acting Program and STAGE WRITE, Adjunct Professor for Winning Presentations (a public-speaking course at VCU), and Program Director for SPARC’s New Voices for the Theater. As an actor/theatre artist, she has performed in, taught, choreographed, directed, written and devised theatre both nationally and internationally. Recent directing credits include Cadence Theatre’s The Gun Show, Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Airline Highway, Cadence Theatre's The Mountaintop, (2016 Winner Best Director Award, RTCC), and Quill’s Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Recent 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), and Eurydice, (2009 Best Actress nomination, RTCC). She has worked at the Public Theatre and Lincoln Center in NYC and toured commedia dell’arte and solo shows through Europe. She has also written and directed several original pieces. Laine holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and trained at the University of Eurasian Theatre, Stella Adler Conservatory, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University College of London (dramaturgy - Shakespeare and modern British). She has taught at New York University, Stella Adler Conservatory, Aquila University, Virginia Governor’s School, Company of Fools, Artspower, SPARC, Center for the Arts, Centerstage, Cadence, Virginia Rep and various workshops in the states and abroad. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and was recently honored with the Style Women in the Arts award in 2017. 

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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