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.


Cinematheque Presents: “The Cukoo”Kukusha-Cuckoo-poster

September 2nd, 2014 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

92 min. 2000. Directed by Aleksandr Rogoshkin (Russia)

Description: September of 944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko manager to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police ‘Smersh’, has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives a shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, but just men.For more information about Cinematheque or the VCU School of Arts Cinema Department please visit:



Removing the Mask: African American Stereotypes in Performance Panel Discussion

September 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

VCU Dance will host a free public panel Removing the Mask: African American Stereotypes in Performance featuring scholars and community leaders from the VCU and Richmond communities on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7:00PM at the Grace Street Theater. The evening provides a prelude to the weekend performance with a thoughtful discussion amongst Dr. James Frazier, Associate Dean, VCU School of the Arts; Chioke I’Anson, Instructor, VCU Dept of African American Studies; and Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Professor, TheatreVCU. The panelists’ expertise ranges from professional careers in performing and choreographing dance as well as serving in administrative and artistic capacities with famed African-American dance troupes; Africana Philosophy, Humanitarianism and Development; and playwriting, directing, acting, writing and activism with a special emphasis on the use of Ritual Poetic Drama within the African Continuum and theatre as a tool for social change


Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE

September 5th & 6th at 8pm

$20/$15 Students with valid I.D.

main_fit_300“Richmond, VA –  VCU Department of Dance and Choreography presents Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Mr. TOL E. RAncE on Friday and Saturday, September 5 & 6 at 8:00pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $20/$15 students with valid I.D. and are available now at or by calling 804-828-2020. Each performance will be followed by an audience question and answer session with the artists

Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. Embodying a strong sense of storytelling, the company uses theatricality and the aesthetics of Modern, Hip Hop, African, Ballet, and Tap to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture on a journey for meaning, understanding, and relevancy. Inspired by Mel Watkins’ book, On The Real Side: From Slavery to Chris Rock, Spike Lee’s controversial movie, Bamboozled, and Dave Chappelle’s dancing vs. shuffling analogy, Mr. TOL E. RAncE celebrates African-American humor, examines “the mask” of survival and the “double consciousness” (W.E.B. DuBois) of the black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture. Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Infinitebody writes “it dares to examine the external and internal challenges that Black artists continue to face.”

The presenting program of VCU Dance is committed to building and engaging dance audiences in the University and Richmond communities while providing opportunities for artists to present and create work. The presentation of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and the Doug Varone residency are made possible in part by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, a generous anonymous gift, and by VCUarts. ”

-VCU Dance

For tickets, please visit or call our Grace Street Theater box office hours, Monday-Friday from 12-4pm at 804.828.2020.


Amaranth Arts Presents Falling Back to Grace

Featuring Amaranth Arts & Island Moving Company

September 11-13, 2014 @ 8pm

Admissions: $20/$10 Students with valid I.D.

10560275_10152543195486550_4609106512252599035_o copyAmaranth Arts presents the choreography of Scott Putman in Falling Back to Grace, an evening of dance with performing artists from both Amaranth Arts and Island Moving Company of Newport, RI. Performances will take place September 11-13th, 2014 at 8pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA. For more information on Amaranth Arts and Falling Back to Grace, contact Scott Putman at or call the Grace Street Theater at 804-828-2020.

Falling Back to Grace marks the return of Amaranth Arts to the Grace Street Theater and to the city of Richmond since its last presentation of Humanity in Motion four years ago. Over the past few years, the company has been busy performing, presenting, choreographing, and teaching across the globe in festivals in China, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, and in the United States in California, Colorado, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia. Amaranth Arts is excited and eager to share the work built around the world to its hometown audience.

Amaranth Arts unveils one world premier, three Richmond premiers, and the restaging of the acclaimed On the Shelf of Memory in the Temple of a Compressing Heart performed by three original cast members, Damion Bond, Erin Dalton,and Paige Horton with a new member to the company, Christina —. A long time collaborating company, Island Moving Company of Newport, RI joins us on stage, performing both Scott Putman’s choreography and presenting work from theirrepertory with Richmond audiences for the first time.

Amaranth Arts is a group of talented individuals from across the country who engage in supporting the company’s mission of “investigating what it means to be fully human by creating three dimensional visceral kinetic experiences.” Every dancer in the organization is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has come to the company through the mentorship and training of VCU Dance. It is remarkable to see the spectrum of graduates who have joined forces with Scott Putman to share his belief that choreography is the art of shaping energy in space.

This is the first event in the 2014 fall season for Amaranth Arts. The company will also travel to Denver, CO for their annual residency with Denver School for the Arts (DSA) beginning October 8 and running through October 19, 2014. This marks the 9th year the company will once again engage young audiences by creating three new works on the DSA dance students to perform along side the company in a collaborative concert at the end of the residency. Three of these works choreographed by Scott Putman for the talented DSA dancers were honored by being chosen for inclusion in the Gala performances for the National High School Dance Festival in Philadelphia, PA, and Miami, FL.

For more information, please contact Scott Putman at or 804-647-8890.

For tickets, please visit or contact the Grace Street Theater box office, M-F, 12-4pm at 804.828.2020.


Cinematheque Presents: beachesofagnes

“The Beaches of Agnes”

September 13th, 2014 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

110 min. 2008. Directed by Agnes Varda (France)

Description: Agnes Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

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dr-strangelove-movie-poster-1964-1010427498Cinematheque Presents: “Dr. Strangelove”

September 23rd, 2014

Admission: Free and open to the public

95 min. 1964. Directed by Stanley Kubrick (USA)

Description: An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicans and generals frantically try to stop.

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Cinematheque Presents: “Warsaw Bridge”

October 7th, 2014

Admission: Free and open to the public

85 min. 1989. Directed by Pere Portabella (Spain)

Description: A female professor, a writer, and an orchestra conductor -three characters, two couples – attend a grand literary cocktail party. The writer has just won the prize for his book “Warsaw Bridge”. The winner answers the journalist’s questions one after another, but he is unable to compe up with a synthesis of the plot of his book. They will simply have to read it.

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Cinematheque Presents: “Edvard Munch”EdvardMunch

October 14th, 2014

Admission: Free and open to the public

210 Min. 1974. Directed by Peter Watkins (Norway)

Description: A biographical film about the Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch that covers about thirty years of his life, focusing on the influences that shaped his art, particularly the prevalence of disease and death in his family and his youthful affair with a married woman.

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a-prophet-posterCinematheque Presents: “A Prophet”

October 28th, 2014 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

155 min. 1974. Directed Jacques Audlard (France)

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin

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a-separation-movie-posterCinematheque Presents: “A Separation”

November 4th, 2014 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

123 min. 2011. Directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Description: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

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Cinematheque Presents: “An Evening with Sara Driver: When Pigs Fly”

November 11th, 2014 at 7pm

94 min. 1993. Directed by Sara Driver (Germany)

Description: A down-and-out jazz musician is given a rocking chair by his on-and-off girlfriend, which turns out to be haunted by two ghosts.

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amour-movie-posterCinematheque Presents: “Amour”

December 2nd, 2014 at 7pm

127 min. 2012. Directed by Michael Haneke (Germany)

Description: Georges and Anne are an octogenerian couple. They are cutivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested. For more information about Cinematheque or the VCU School of Arts Cinema Department please visit: