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The [Intern]al Perspective: Meet Joseph Reyes

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Backstage in the dressing rooms at a production I recently worked on.

My name is Joseph Reyes, or Joey, for short. I am 20 years old and will be graduating in May 2016 from Azusa Pacific University where I am studying to earn my Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre Arts and a minor in Business Management. I am currently in the process of researching Graduate School programs in hopes of pursuing higher education in Theatrical Management and Production. Earlier this year, I completed marketing work for the LA-based clothing company, BARA Clothing Co., and I designed hair and makeup while leading the dressing room crew for a production of William Inge’s Picnic. This fall I will be Assistant Stage Managing Azusa Pacific University Theater’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor under the direction of AMDA Professor and Yale School of Drama Alumni, Eric Scott Gould as well as directing a piece for a showcase in December.

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One of the many murals surrounding Cornerstone in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Artist: Tristen Eaton.

The front door of Cornerstone Theater Company located at 708 Traction Ave in Downtown Los Angeles

The front door of Cornerstone Theater Company located at 708 Traction Ave in Downtown Los Angeles

I was recently offered the wonderful opportunity to be the Communications Intern at Cornerstone Theater Company through the internship program sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Located in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Cornerstone Theater Company seeks to create new work by engaging communities and involving them in every aspect of the artistic process and therefore exposing people to the power of visual storytelling and allowing their voices to be heard on a grander scale. This is the type of work that drew me towards CTC and inspired me to want to work for them.

Since I began my internship, I have learned a great deal because I joined CTC just as they were getting ready to perform the last leg of a year-long tour that took them across the state of California. Since the summer of 2014, the company has travelled to places such as San Francisco, Fowler, Arwin, Lost Hills, and a few other places performing a Californian-inspired adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The final stop on this tour was 3 final performances in the place where it all started: Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Having joined the company just a week-and-a-half before the ending of this tour, I was immersed in the wonderful chaos of helping to run a non-profit theater organization.

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Signage that I designed to be posted in Grand Park for our performances of California: The Tempest.

During my first week I was orientated with the company and got to meet all the people who contribute to the success of CTC. Then I immediately began working to help market the show through social media and canvassing in the city. I was also put in charge of a raffle we were hosting and was responsible for leading others to help sell tickets during the performances. I even had the chance to design signage that was then put up in Grand Park to advertise our show to the public. In the end, everyone’s hard work helped to make the experience of California: The Tempest a wonderful one for all those who came to enjoy it. The show had a successful run and I got to learn, grow, and push myself in ways that never would have expected to do so in my first two weeks working for a professional theater company. I look forward to the next two months of work with Cornerstone and I cannot wait to tell you all about it!

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Joseph Reyes, Cornerstone’s Communications Intern. Joseph is studying Theatre Arts and Business Management at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. This internship is made possible by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Summer Internship program.

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