Adult Training

Total Prep Fusion | Living on Stage Course


Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep is pleased to announce their continued adult training programs and workshops, taught by some of the city’s most well-respected artists and teachers.


Cadence Theatre CompanyCadence strives to reach a population of adults who, perhaps for the first time, seek the singularly liberating experience of re-inventing oneself onstage. Classes and Workshops for Adults will be offered to everyone from beginners to seasoned performers. All who wish to dip their toes or hone their craft will benefit from the guidance of gifted instructors who have developed creative, effective, award-winning programs. CTC’s workshops strive to provide a safe, yet challenging atmosphere conducive to artistic growth, community, and achieving one’s personal best.


Total Prep Fusion: Film/TV Acting Master Class

With Erica Arvold and Richard Warner

Saturday, September 14th, 2019, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
At the Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn

(please bring your lunch for a Q&A with Erica and Richard)
Ages: 16 and up
Cost: $315
Maximum # of students: 16

Total Prep Fusion is a one day 7-hour intensive providing actors personal, in-depth instruction and practical, professional advice on the preparation process. This class combines Arvold-Warner’s core curriculum Total Prep 1 and Total Prep 2. Master teacher Erica Arvold & Richard Warner guide actors using the Arvold-Warner 10-step preparation checklist for creating character for film & television. This multi-layered, progressive study is for intermediate actors. The Arvold-Warner approach is a synthesis of the major 20th century acting methods, with focus on supporting and developing each individual’s personal practice while also expanding their craft toolkit. Grounded in the detailed study of a scene, actors explore efficient, effective techniques for creating action-based characters for the audition as well as the set.

Features of the class include:

  • script analysis
  • sensory work
  • in-character thinking
  • developing relationships
  • on-camera practice
  • individualized coaching

Actors will deepen their ability to create exciting, original and personal work. The first half of class is discussion and exercise based, and the second half is intensive coaching – please come prepared to work!

Register for the Course
Spaces are limited! Please call the box office at: (804) 282-2620 to reserve your space.

Questions? Please contact info@cadencetheatre.org.

The Teachers

Erica Arvold

ArvoldErica has been an educator, guest instructor and speaker for over 25 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. Her multiple festival and conference appearances include serving as a panelist, moderator, mentor and host. She has been the keynote speaker for several organizations outside of the filmmaking industry as well. She is a member of the Casting Society of America, Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Erica received her BFA from The Theatre School, DePaul University (formerly The Goodman School of Drama) and maintains her deep love of craft. Erica believes that consistent training leads to positive artistic growth.

Richard Warner

WarnerRichard taught acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he had the honor of coaching, among many others: Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intentions, Barbershop), Jason George (Grey's Anatomy, Station 19), Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist).

He was awarded the UVa's Outstanding Teacher Award, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching. As an active member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Richard studied In New York City with Michael Howard and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in many prestigious regional theaters. Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln; Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scott's Killing Lincoln; Chester Bowles in National Geographic channel's Killing Kennedy; Vic LeClue in Patriot Son, winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest's independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. In 2014 Richard played the lead opposite Grey's Anatomy's Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker. This film was selected for viewing at over 40 film festivals. He created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, "The 20% Solution" for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street. As a director, he has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West.

Living on Stage

An organic approach to the art and craft of acting

Taught by Rusty Wilson

Eight weeks: Tuesdays, October 1 - November 19, 2019
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $300

Class minimum: 8
Class maximum: 16

Course Description: This class introduces students of all levels to an organic, step-by-step approach to the art and craft of acting. Through a structured sequence of stage tasks, stories, improvisations, and monologues, students will explore and pursue the art of presence on stage. This class is an introduction to a particular process of work. For those interested, the process will continue with further class offerings throughout the year.

WilsonInstructor Bio: Rusty Wilson is an award-winning free-lance theatre artist based in Richmond, VA. Since moving to Richmond in 2005, he has directed a number of critically acclaimed productions including Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (RTCC Best Director), Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice (RTCC Best Director), Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade, RTP's Cloud 9, Virginia Rep's To Kill A Mockingbird, and Cadence Theatre's John (RTCC Best Director), Sight Unseen, In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and The Christians. 

Prior to moving to Richmond, Rusty spent ten years serving as the Founding Artistic Director for Company of Fools, an award winning theatre company located in Sun Valley, Idaho. Favorite directing credits there include Uncle Vanya, James Joyce's The Dead, Waiting for Godot, How I Learned to Drive, The Tempest, Death and the Maiden, Buried Child, and Other Desert Cities. The company received the Idaho Governor's Award in 2004, and continues to be one of Idaho's leading arts institutions.

Rusty has been a guest director and teacher at various colleges and universities around the country, received a fellowship in directing in 2003, and was featured in the March 2002 issue of American Theatre Magazine. He currently serves as the Director of Theatre and Arts Chair at St. Christopher's School, and as an Associate Artist at Cadence Theatre.

Register for the Course

Please call the box office at: (804) 282-2620 to reserve your space.

Questions? Please contact info@cadencetheatre.org.

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