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: “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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VCU Dance & Choreography: Fall Senior Project Presents “Friction”

November 20, 21, 22, 2014 at 8pm

Admission: $15/$10 students










Richmond, VAVCU Department of Dance and Choreography will present “Friction”, the 2014 Fall Senior Project, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 20, 21, & 22 at 8:00 pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $15/$10 students with valid I.D. and are available now at ShowClix or by calling 804-828-2020.

Rapidly approaching the end their academic journey, six dance majors culminate their transformation from students to emerging dance artists by creating six works exploring Friction within the social constructs of life. Rejection, choice, desires, unconscious differences, contradicting exteriors, and contrasting constructions convey all the points of views within Friction. Though individualistic in thought, expression, and movement, all six choreographers invite audiences to relate and reflect on their own relationships in conjunction with their environments.

Vicissitude, choreographed by Gabrielle Jena Johnson, encompasses seven dancers exploring adaptation and rejection within a set environment. Using images of Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculptures as inspiration, both audience and dancers will experience a transformative and emotional awakening brought on by a cyclical fluidity of movement and momentum.

Inspired by the Biblical teachings in “The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat,” Christina L Johnson sows dynamic and organic movement, creating a tumultuous field of eighteen dancers who face choices and decisions through personal narratives. The audience discovers which are chosen to gather the others, bundling the Uprooted weeds.

Venture created by VCU Dance student Sierra Noelle Jones exposes the innermost intimate emotion of the human soul, love. Jones’ piece reveals the struggle it takes to trust yourself enough to be vulnerable. In this work she is weaving a community of dancers together not for the stability of the individual but for the entire community.

A/P/A/R/T, choreographed by Tarik O’Meally, examines how an individual’s fervent desire for connection within a community can lead to self-destructive behavior that only serves to further isolate the individual from the larger society. As nine performers move through an ever-shrinking, suffocating environment, they discover how much vulnerability is needed to be able to truly connect.

Rebecca Weiss carves and spirals an all female cast creating a moving metaphor for Baroque architecture in Unraveling Walls. With quirky movement that echoes the intricate textured layers found in architecture, Rebecca weaves dancers in an environmental pastiche of delight.

Impact)))), an exploratory work by Dillon Spicer, allows us to witness the evolution of the human condition through a series of five dynamic vignettes. Through the shift and reorganization of five dancers and a table and chairs, we are offered a glimpse into the processes and interactions that shape our subjective unconscious and the physical representation of the ever-changing scenarios of different relationships.

The Fall Senior Project Concert is the fifth event of the 2014-2015 VCU Dance season, which is made possible in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The presenting program of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography is committed to the goal of building and enlightening the dance audience in the university and Richmond community while providing opportunities for artists and students to present and create work.



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:




Henley Street Theater Presents: “Mr. Dickens Christmas Carol”

November 28th, – Dec. 21st, 2014

10644953_10153386386933298_4662759269171460113_nThe music, joy, and poignant warmth of the season grace our stage in this, the greatest Christmasghost story of all time. Ebenezer Scrooge faces Christmases past, present and future in his mystical journey of transformation and redemption. Local playwright Bo Wilson’s adaptation glows with inspired theatricality and charm, with four actors portraying all the beloved characters from the novel – including Mr. Charles Dickens himself! Age 6+

Tickets are available at or (804) 340-0115.

Ticket Prices Performances

$15 Children
$20 College Students with ID
$20 RAPT
$25 Senior
$25 Groups of 10 or more
$30 Adults

Performance Dates

Friday, November 28 at 8pm
Saturday, November 29 at 8pm
Sunday, November 30 at 2pm (talk-back after the show)
Friday, December 5 at 8pm
Saturday, December 6 at 8pm
Sunday, December 7 at 2pm (talk-back after the show)
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Saturday, December 13at 2pm (talk-back after the show)
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm (talk-back after the show)
Friday, December 19 at 8pm
Saturday, December 20 at 8pm
Sunday, December 21 at 2pm (talk-back after the show)


Andrew J Hamm as Dickens/Scrooge
Joe Pabst as Spirit of the Past
Rebecca Anne Muhleman as Spirit of the Present
Jeff Clevenger as Spirit of the Future

Cast Production Team

Dickens/Scrooge – Andrew Hamm Director – Gary C. Hopper
Spirit of the Past – Joe Pabst Playwright – Bo Wilson
Spirit of the Present – Rebecca Anne Muhleman Production Manager – Elisabeth Ashby
Spirit of the Future – Jeff Clevenger Set Design – Joshua Bennett
Costume Design – Elizabeth Hopper
Lighting Design – Michael Jarett
Sound Design – Joey Luck
Projection Design – Tennessee Dixon
Technical Director – Michael Jarrett
Properties – David Plotnick
Choreographer – Kate Belleman
Dialect Coach – Erica Hughes
Stage Manager – Emily Hicks




VCU Dance & Choreography: Student Concert

January 23 & 24, 2015 at 8pm

Admission:$15/$10 students

This professionally produced concert features new work choreographed and performed by talented Dance majors from freshmen to seniors.

Information: TBA



February 19, 20, 21, 2015 at 8pm and 2pm Saturday matinee

Admission: $20/$15 students

For 2015, this concert features new works by guest artists Doug Varone and Dawn Marie Bazemore as well as by VCU Dance faculty members, all performed by VCU Dance majors.

Information: TBA


VCU Dance & Choreography: Spring Senior Project

April 16, 17, 18, 2015 at 8pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.

Information: TBA