Cornerstone Theater Company

Institute Summer Residency

Cornerstone’s Institute Summer Residency is happening in New York this summer! We are excited to learn more about the complex and vibrant communities in Queens, particularly those neighborhoods nearest Queens College.

The dates of the Institute Summer Residency are July 12 through August 12, 2018, with culminating performances on August 9, 10 & 11.

Queens College  is our partner and host. The residency will be based on the QC campus. Students and staff will live in on campus apartments called The Summit. We’ll be utilizing campus resources for rehearsal and performance space, production shops, classrooms, dining and meeting rooms.

Queens College students and staff are particularly encouraged to apply. There is dedicated Tuition Assistance for the QC community. If you have questions please inquire with Meghan Healey, Chair of Drama, Theatre & Dance, and/or with Paula Donnelly at Cornerstone, .

Please read all ABOUT this program before applying.

Contact us if you have questions or are trying to figure out if this year’s Institute Summer Residency is a good match for you. We’d love to talk with you about it and answer your questions.

Tuition for Summer 2018 is $4000. Tuition includes all curriculum materials, including the textbook Cornerstone Theater Company Community Collaboration Handbook: A Method, housing and meals. Institute participants are responsible for travel to and from Queens College. Out-of-towners’ air travel can be booked in and out of either LaGuardia Airport or John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Applications are accepted January 15 through March 15.

The deadline is March 15.

Applications can be mailed or emailed to Cornerstone.
Emailed applications must be in PDF format and received on or before 3/15/18. Mailed paper applications must be postmarked on or before 3/15/18.

Application instructions:
Include your name at the top of each page.
Use single-sided pages.
Do not use staples on any part of your application.

1. Download Cornerstone Institute Application 2018

2. Complete the fill-in portion of the application.

3. Type responses to the three essay questions on no more than three pages total. Number continuous pages.

4. Include two Letters of Recommendation.
If you have your Letters of Recommendation sent directly to Institute Admissions, please indicate this on the application form. Be clear with your recommenders about the application deadline.

5. If relevant, download and complete Request for Tuition Assistance 2018.

6. Mail paper applications to:

Institute Admissions
Cornerstone Theater Company
708 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Or E-Mail PDF of your application materials to

Application Check-list

– Completed application form (3 pages)
– Answers to essay questions (3 pages or less)
– Your current résumé (no more than 2 pages)
– Two letters of recommendation
– If you are requesting Tuition Assistance, your completed Statement of Need form

Admission Process Timeline:

You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application via email. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt by email from Cornerstone within 5 days of sending, your application did not arrive and you should contact us via telephone or email.

In late March, we may schedule a telephone interview with you, or if you are in the Los Angeles area an in-person interview.

Notification of Acceptance will be sent on or before April 16, 2018.

Confirmation of participation is due within a week of notification of acceptance.

Questions? Special circumstances? Communicate!

Contact Paula at and include your telephone number.


I traveled half the world – literally- to be at the Institute, and I still think about it with great fondness! Every time I come across another person who is equally enthusiastic about the arts and community, I tell them about Cornerstone. … How lucky I was able to make my way there. Now, as a programming officer in the arts centre in Singapore I keep in mind how lucky I have been to have had all my experiences in the arts, and I try to bring it back to the community.  -2005 student participant