TRAIN Students: Sister Act

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


We often say that every student who participates in our TRAIN program becomes part of our TRAIN family. Some of our TRAIN-ers, however, are lucky enough to already be family.

Elise and Molly Nugent and Emmy and Caroline Gravely are our two sets of powerhouse sisters in TRAIN this year. All four acknowledged that their natural competitive tendencies make them their sister’s most honest critic and source of motivation to challenge herself. But they also agreed that, as the person who knows them best, their sister is their favorite scene partner as well as their biggest supporter.

Our dynamic duos answered a few questions for us, giving some insight on how their journey Read more

Auditions for Songs from the Soul




A musical narrative of the history of African-American music – from slave spirituals to jazz to blues to rap. The show is part toe-tapping entertainment and part vital history lesson. SONGS FROM THE SOUL examines the evolution of African American music and its role in American life.

Auditions will be held Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 6-10 PM in the Theatre Gym at Virginia Rep Center, 114 West Broad St. Richmond VA 23220.

Callbacks will be held in the evening on Monday, December 4, 2017.

Auditions are by appointment only.

Please e-mail to request an appointment.

Include SONGS – AUDITION REQUEST in the subject line.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of Read more

Join Our Team: Director of Communications and Marketing

Director of Communications and Marketing
FILLED – Thanks to all who applied.
Posted 11/1/2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Central Virginia’s leading professional theatre company, seeks a Director of Communications to oversee institutional communications and marketing. With a budget of $5.3 million, four unique venues, and an educational touring arm, Virginia Rep reaches over 530,000 patrons, students, and teachers annually. The Director of Communications reports to the Managing Director and works closely with the Artistic Director to realize Virginia Rep’s ambitious artistic mission.

Responsibilities include:

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Two TRAIN Students Land Roles in Feature Film

Written by Dani Brown

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 Permanent, a coming-of-age comedy set in 1983 in a small town in Virginia.

Photos by Jason Collins Photography

TRAIN is the two theater companies’ year-long, sequential program that helps serious acting students in the Richmond area learn practical applications of their artistic craft, build relationships to succeed in the business, and get a better understanding of themselves as artists. Daniels has been with the program for two years, and Duffey has been with the TRAIN program for three years.

Permanent, starring Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Patricia Arquette (a Best Supporting Actress winner for Boyhood), tells the story of Read more

Shakespeare Pre-Show Menus – Tarrant’s and Max’s

Experience some of Richmond’s best restaurants by dining at Max’s or Tarrant’s in Downtown Richmond. Now through October 8th at both restaurants, you can enjoy a delicious meal inspired by Virginia Rep’s production of Shakespeare in Love. Check out the special menus below!



  • Much a Woo Woo About Nothing – 8

Peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry, fresh lime juice

  • Richard’s Gimlet – 11

Gin, Belle Isle honey habanero, fresh lime juice, habanero pepper


  • Fit for Henry IV – 21

Ashley Farm roast airline chicken breast, lentils, spinach, lardons, red peppers, cognac, mushroom, cream

  • Falstaff’s Pot of Ale Beef Stew – 19

Potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, mushroom, ale, puff pastry

Indulgence If You Dare

  • Tempest Trifle – 8

Genoise, strawberry, blackberry, cream





  • The Love Affair – 9

Vodka, strawberry, basil, lime juice


  • Beef Shake-Spears – 13.95

Grilled beef, green peppers and onion skewers with demi-glace


  • Elizabethan Chicken – 20.95

Chicken Breast in an apple cider cream sauce with mashed potatoes and veggies


  • Cranberry scones – 6.95

Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces Kikau L. Alvaro as New Associate Artistic Director


Virginia Repertory Theatre announces Kikau L. Alvaro as the new Associate Artistic Director. Alvaro teaches Musical Theatre and Movement for the Actor at Virginia Commonwealth University and will continue his teaching position in addition to his new role at Virginia Rep. The Associate Artistic Director position was recently vacated by Chase Kniffen who served in that role for seven years. Kniffen has been recognized by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle six times as Best Director of a Musical and directed many of Virginia Rep’s biggest hits including The Color Purple and Dreamgirls.

Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw commented on the transition, “While it is sad to see Chase Kniffen go, I am eager to see what happens for him creatively in his future endeavors. I’m also excited for the opportunity this transition provides Virginia Rep in the restructuring of artistic leadership and production coordination. Bringing on Kikau Alvaro not only provides Virginia Rep an opportunity to rejuvenate our processes, but will enliven, and deepen, the existing relationship we have with Read more