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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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Talk It Out: A Community Conversation to Fix School Discipline

This week we’re headed to Sacramento to launch Talk It Out: A Community Conversation to Fix School Discipline. Talk It Out strives to raise awareness about the use of harsh school discipline on a local and statewide scale, to personalize the discussion for people on all sides of the issues and to communicate in a…

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Café Vida: The Healing and Transformative Power of the Arts

“The biggest change that I see is them owning their voice and they are speaking from a place with more confidence…Their vision of their life has expanded by being part of a community outside of Homeboy [Industries] and becoming part of another family [Cornerstone Theater Company] with a direct mission has really helped them become…

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Living in Color

There’s something that Natalie Venegas sees that has always been present, but was once obscured by the insularity of gang life. Natalie sees beauty. The scenery viewed from the New York–Syracuse train running along the Hudson can bring her to tears; she has a deep understanding of the theater’s power of catharsis; she revels in…

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