Laine Satterfield
Director of Education
Cadence Theatre Company

Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019

TRAIN Students

TRAIN is Virginia’s Pre-Professional Actor Training Program for ages 12 to 18, led by Virginia Repertory Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company. This yearlong, 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—an award-winning organization that provides casting, production and education, students will leave with mono-logues, dance for actors, 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. See below.

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

Auditions for the 2019/20 Season

TRAIN is Virginia’s Pre-Professional Actor Training Program for ages 12 to 18, led by Virginia Repertory Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company. This yearlong, 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.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 1 - 5 p.m.
at the November Theatre
114 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA

AGES 12 - 18

Students will be asked to do a short monologue and a 16-bar cut of a song (if singing).

Sections available

  • Mondays: October 2019 - May 2020
    Acting Technique for Theatre and Film/TV
    (+ four select Saturdays)
  • Wednesdays: October 2019 - December 2019
    College Audition Prep Session 1
  • Wednesday: January 2020 - March 2020
    College Audition Prep Session 2
  • Thursday: October 2019 - May 2020
    Musical Theatre
    (+ four select Saturdays)

To request an audition slot, please contact Laine Satterfield, TRAIN Program Director, at

Two TRAIN Students Land Roles in Feature Film

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre are delighted to announce that two TRAIN students, Nena Daniels and Ellie Duffey, both seniors at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, have landed roles in the film Permanent, a coming-of-age comedy set in 1983 in a small town in Virginia.

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 fourth year on the TRAIN faculty, recent directorial efforts include Les Miserables, Student Editino  (JFT), Croaker, 1776, The Whipping Man (VaRep), The Whipping Man (VaRep), Bad Jews (TheaterLab), and Man of La Mancha (Dogwood Dell). 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.

Paul Dandridge, Dance

Paul Dandridge is a faculty member at Richmond Ballet and a full time Teaching Artist with their Community Engagement program, Minds In Motion. Paul received his dance training from the School of Richmond Ballet as well as Indiana University's Ballet Theatre program and has performed works by some of the dance world's greatest choreographers; George Balanchine (The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Who Cares?), Twyla Tharp (Noir), Paul Taylor (Cloven Kingdom), Fredrick Ashton (Les Patineurs), Agnes de Mille (Rodeo), among many others. Recently, Paul has performed more on the musical theatre stage as Nelius, the dancing statue in Mary Poppins, and as A-Rab, in West Side Story, both with Virginia Repertory Theatre. He is thrilled to be joining the TRAIN team.

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). 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, SPARC, Company of Fools, private instruction and workshops in the states and abroad. Upcoming acting roles include: Virginia Repertory Theatre's The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime and Cadence Theatre Company's Gloria. Past roles include Richmond Triangle Players: Cloud 9 (Best Actress Nominee, RTCC,) Cadence Theatre Company: Sight Unseen, Detroit, In the Next Room, Virginia Repertory Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Little Dog Laughed (Best Supporting Actress nomination, RTCC), The Constant Wife, 5th Wall: Gidion's Knot (Best Ensemble Acting Award, RTCC), Firehouse Theatre Project: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Best Actress Award, RTCC), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Best Actress nomination, RTCC), Eurydice (Best Actress Nomination, RTCC: Best Play Winner), Mr. Marmalade, This is How it Goes, Quill Theatre: MacBeth. Company of Fools: Uncle Vanya, The Tempest, Death and the Maiden, James Joyce's The Dead, Dinner with Friends, Buried Child. Recent Direction: Cadence Theatre's The Mountaintop (Best Director Award, RTCC) and Airline Highway for Virginia Repertory Theatre. She was honored in 2017 as one of Style's Women in the Arts and is a member of Actors' Equity Association. This season, she can be seen in Virginia Rep's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Cadence / VaRep's Gloria. 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.

Stephen Rudlin, Vocal Coach

Vocal Supervisor, Vocal Coach, Musical Director credits include:

Virginia Rep: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SOUTH PACIFIC, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, COWGIRLS, FABULOUS LIPITONES, JUNIE B. JONES; Cadence Theatre: FUN HOME, CAROLINE OR CHANGE, VIOLET; JFT: HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, STARS OF DAVID, LES MISERABLES, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, RTP: A CHORUS LINE, Firehouse: WINGS. Vocal Clients have appeared on Broadway in: FINDING NEVERLAND, GREAT COMET OF 1812, BOOK OF MORMON, MAMMA MIA, THE KING AND I, PETER PAN...and have matriculated to such schools as Carnegie Mellon, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Marymount Manhattan, NYU, Northwestern and Michigan. As an actor and singer, Stephen has appeared at FORD's THEATRE, THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE NATIONAL THEATER, and has sung numerous times for Congress and The White House. Currently, he is the Resident Music Director and Vocal Coach for the VaREP/Cadence TRAIN Program and TRAIN EXPRESS Touring Company. 

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