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Amateur to Fully-Fledged Artist

Maria Cano joined the Cornerstone family when she was cast in the first play in the Hunger Cycle, Café Vida. While working at Homegirl Café, she was approached by a Cornerstone staff member who encouraged her to audition. At the time she never thought anything of it, but these days acting is Maria’s favorite subject….

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Guerrilla gardener and SEED actor

Renee Gunter is a fully fledged artistic spirit, a landscape designer, ardent environmentalist, motorcycle aficionada, and these days, a community actor, playing Ms. Robins in Cornerstone Theater Company’s SEED: A Weird Act of Faith. Renee auditioned for the play on a whim, not suspecting that she would be cast in the play, and knowing very…

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Unique Opportunities for Growth through SEED

Cornerstone is moving closer to this fall’s production of SEED: A Weird Act of Faith, the second play in The Hunger Cycle, a six-year series of world premiere plays about hunger, justice and food equity issues. Exciting activities will accompany SEED including: a farmer’s market, community dialogues, and hands-on workshops. This blog is the continuation…

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Meet a SEED actor

Video: Meet Neelam Sharma, an urban farmer in South LA and community actor in Cornerstone’s upcoming production of SEED: A Weird Act of Faith. Oct. 25 – Nov. 18, 2012 @ Chuco’s Justice Center. BUY TICKETS to SEED: A Weird Act of Faith.

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Rey Dominguez

All of us here at Cornerstone Theater Company are deeply saddened by the passing of Rey Dominguez, who was a community participant in Touch the Water (2009). Our thoughts and love go out to his wife Ceci and all their family. You are in our hearts. We are gathering remembrances of Rey from our community….

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SEED: A Weird Act of Faith, Sprouting to Life in South LA

In June, ArtPlace awarded Cornerstone a $342,500 grant supporting our Hunger Cycle, a six-year series of world premiere plays about hunger, justice and food equity issues. SEED: A Weird Act of Faith, the second play in The Hunger Cycle, is sprouting to life in South LA. The process of rallying interested community participants is well underway,…

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A New Perspective on Theater

It has been been about a week since I ended my journey in Arvin and even though I am ecstatic to be home, I cannot help but miss the daily craziness of working at Cornerstone as a costume intern for the Institute Summer Residency in Arvin. When I flew out to California, I had no…

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Wildflower Beauty

As I sit in the LAX airport on my way home to O’hare, writing this final blogpost for my time at Cornerstone’s Institute Summer Residency, I realize that I have not written very much the last week or so. For that, I apologize. My days were FULL this last week. So full that I had…

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Meet Joel Jimenez, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner

We couldn’t be more thrilled to make this announcement! Cornerstone community participant Joel Jimenez has been awarded the 2012 PRINCESS GRACE AWARD for Theater Apprenticeship. He’ll be working closely with the company as an actor in three of our upcoming productions and also shadowing our ensemble. VIDEO: Hear more from Joel about working with Cornerstone:…

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From Story Circles to Real Solutions

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in Cornerstone Theater Company’s Talk It Out story circle, which featured students from the community of Arvin, California and their responses to personal experiences they’ve had with suspensions and expulsions throughout their education. As a student participant in Cornerstone’s 9th Institute Summer Residency, I have to admit…

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