Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Welcome to Grace Street Theater

Virginia Commonwealth University's Grace Street Theater is a little known but successful example of renovation and adaptive use of a historic property. The building originally opened in 1935 as the Lee Theatre, a neighborhood movie theater showing second-run films. It served for a brief period in the late 1950s/early 1960s as an art house theater. In 1965 it became known as the Lee Art Theatre and began presenting adult films along with burlesque style dancers. VCU purchased the property in 1993 and after extensive renovations the building re-opened in 1996 as VCU's Grace Street Theater. The theater is now the primary performing venue for VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography which operates the building and the box office. VCU's Department of Art History and Cinema Program also uses the building for many of its classes and screenings. In addition to its University uses, the 225 seat theater is available to the Richmond community to rent for dance performances, films, lectures, and other events.


FALL 2015 – November + December


VCU Dance Presents: LANDING – Fall 2015 Senior Projects

November 19, 20, 21st at 8pm

Admission: $15/10 Students
LANDING - Fall 2015 Senior Projects






Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance & Choreography presents LANDING: Fall 2015 Senior Project Concert, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 19, 20, 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $15/$10 students available at or by calling 804-828-2020.

Fall in with the VCU Dance and Choreography graduating class as they present their capstone choreographic projects in LANDING. Allow yourself to be carried through deserts and mountains, to be swept up by dreams, and to hear the calls of activism from the voices of these capable emerging artists, whose work engages with landscapes, relationships, cultural critique, and more after four years of intensive study in dance making and performance.

Seniors Nicole Anderson, Danielle Frye, Kathryn Holman, Shancie Mason, LaTeisha Melvin, Riley O’Rourke, Aria Roach, and Kara Robertson will present their capstone senior project works.


Cinematheque Presents, “Still the Children Are Here

November 19th at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

125 min. 2004 Directed by: Dinaz Stafford

Film Description: A portrait of an indigenous society that has maintained its culture in isolation from a rapidly urbanizing and westernizing India.











Cinematheque Presents, “North by Northwest

November 24th at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

136 min. 1959. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Film Description: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.








Quill Theater Presents Holiday Memories

by Truman Capote / Adapted by Russell Vandenbroucke





Directed by Dr. Jan Powell
December 3-26, 2015

Eddie Webster as Truman
Jody Smith Strickler as Sook
Henry Boyle as Buddy
Maggie Bavolack as Woman

“Oh my…it’s fruitcake weather!”
Adapted from the Truman Capote stories he regarded as his greatest works of short fiction, Holiday Memories recalls Capote’s 1930’s Southern boyhood. One of America’s finest memoirists, the author weaves a mesmerizing blend of youthful sensitivity and adult recollection, in this loving tribute to his old-maid cousin and “best friend,” Miss Sook, and the simple circumstances of their lives that allowed their imaginations to roam free. In the play, Buddy, a young boy, has an eventful Christmas as Sook leads him and their dog Queenie on the kinds of adventures a child will always remember, including baking 31 fruitcakes as gifts for everyone they can think of, such as Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt! Charming, hilarious, touchingly moving, this modern-day classic tale will warm the hearts of all your family, and deepen the meaning of beloved holiday rituals. Featuring original country Christmas music composed by Drew Perkins for this production.

TICKET PRICES ( Available through Quill Theater Box Office )
Adult $30
Senior $25
Children $15
College Students $20
Groups (10+) $20

Thurs at 7pm
Fri and Sat at 8pm
Sun at 2pm on 11/13 & 11/20 (talk back with the cast following)
Specials: 12/3 & 12/22 – All tickets $15

Dr. Jan Powell – Director
Melissa Johnston Price – Production Manager
Vinnie Gonzalez – Set Design
Michael Jarett – Lighting Design
Ruth Hedberg – Costume Design
Dr. Jan Powell – Sound Design
Kaye Weinstein Gary – Choreography
Addie Barnhart – Properties
Drew Perkins – Composer and Musical Direction
Emily Hicks – Stage Management