P.O. Box 136
Pulaski, VA 24301
Adaire Theatre is a non-profit organization that has been serving communities since 2012. Adaire Theatre was formed with a goal to bring more theatre to communities and offer quality theatre experiences and foster education and artistic growth within their audiences. The company began by producing a single full scale musical production each summer with local professionals and local actors. In 2015, Adaire Theatre launched their youth programs and now produces theatre productions year round and offers educational programming throughout the fall and spring school year. Adaire Theatre educational training can range from 90 minute workshops to full and half-day masterclasses and even multiple day residencies.
- Kendall Payne
Adaire Theatre’s founder and Producing Artistic Director is Kendall Payne. Kendall has been performing in regional theatres for over 15 years. Kendall holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory.
- Keith McCoy
Adaire Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director is Keith Patrick McCoy. Keith studied Theatre and Dance at Norfolk State University. Keith has performed in venues spanning jazz, opera, pop, country, musical theater. He has also performed in regional theatre’s, summer stock companies, theme parks and national tours throughout the United States.
- Katie Tiller
Katie graduated from Radford University with a BS in Biology where she was a 4 year member of the Radford University Dance Team. She began dancing at the age of 4 and is currently been on the Bluefield Dance Theatre staff as an Instructor/Choreographer for over 12 years. She has also worked as an Instructor/Choreographer at Holli’s Academy of Dance. Katie has been on staff at Adaire Theatre for 5 years where she teaches dance.
- Chandra Shorter
Chandra studied Music and Theatre at Concord University and has a BA in Psychology. She also has her MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is currently in residency with the state counseling board of Virginia to earn her LPC licensure.
- Bradley Kraft
Bradley began studying voice in earnest while attending Christopher Newport University where he sang in the university's select chamber and vocal jazz ensembles. Having been recognized as a Virginia Teacher of Promise upon graduation, Bradley took a hiatus from stage and concert performance to begin his work as a secondary classroom teacher. Teaching at Blacksburg High School for eleven years, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to the People's Republic of China to contribute to a revised national curriculum on teaching Chinese history in the United States, was selected to various state-wide committees for curriculum and assessment development and served as department chair and instructional lead teacher for the social studies department in his last three years in the classroom. Bradley is currently a part of the collaborative performance process at Adaire Theatre in Pulaski, VA.
5 Day Residency — $3750 plus accommodations
2 Day Residency — $2400 plus accommodations
Full Day Masterclass (8 hours) — $1400 plus accommodations
Half Day Masterclass (4 hours) — $800 plus accommodations
2 Hour Workshop — $450 plus accommodations
School (K-12), University, Adults
All ages and abilities
Fall and Spring School Year
The Adaire Theatre performing arts program provides students with the opportunity to engage the mind, the body and emotions into a collaborative expression guiding students towards a path to their own personal success. Through study and performance, students explore and present expressive themes and ideas.
Students will discover their own voice, grow in confidence and develop empathy and ethical insight into the contradictions and paradoxes of the human condition. Students grow in understanding of what it means to not only be human, but to be good, noble, honorable, kind and compassionate.
We believe that theatre and performance can be used as a challenging, creative and meaningful way to help students believe in who and what they are. Adaire Theatre’s goal is to motivate students to find their inner strength instilling core life skills such as leadership, self-expression, tolerance and active listening through a supportive, play-centered environment. We provide a stimulating learning environment with personalized curricula that promotes confidence and encourages children to reach their full potential.