Past Bridge Awards
The Bridge Awards honor individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact by building bridges between and within communities and who have been critical to sustaining our work of creating high quality, socially relevant theater that is accessible to all. Our Bridge Awards recipients come from a wide range of fields – art, philanthropy, culture, entertainment, agriculture, finance, social justice, healthcare – but one thing they all have in common is a dedication to the betterment of the communities they live, work and serve in.
15th Annual Bridge Awards
Millwick in the LA Arts District – May 17, 2018
Honoring Cornerstone Co-Founder, Writer, and Theater Producer Alison Carey, Los Angeles Arts Leader and Long-Time Cornerstone Supporter Melody Kanschat, and Community Activist and Volunteer Jataun Valentine. Guests enjoyed a welcome activity facilitated by multi-disciplinary artist Nancy Keystone, a performance from the cast of What Happens Next, an entertaining award presentation and a Pie Bar hosted by The Pie Hole LA.
The evening was led by our Masters of Ceremonies the fun and fabulous Wendy Raquel Robinson and Bruce A. Lemon. CLICK HERE to learn more about our honorees and emcees.
14th Annual Bridge Awards, Where We’re From and Where We’re Going
Millwick in the LA Arts District – June 5, 2017
Celebrating our 30th Anniversary, the 14th Annual Bridge Awards honored long-time supporters and advocates of the arts, actor, producer, playwright Bill Pullman and dance theater artist Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, healthcare attorney Jon Neustadter and founder/owner of Daily Organics Renée Günter. Featuring Master of Ceremonies Board members Matthew Rowland & Paula Ely with a special staged reading of Where I’m From (recently performed for KPCC’ s Unheard LA).
13th Annual Bridge Awards
Shutters on the Beach– April 7, 2014
Honoring Alfre Woodard, actress & cofounder of Artists for a New South Africa, The Masumoto Family, co-Authors of The Perfect Peach and past institute community members from Fowler, CA, US Bank, actively engaged in developing, strengthening and energizing our communities. Featuring actress and Cornerstone Ensemble member Bahni Turpin as Master of Ceremonies.
12th Annual Bridge Awards
Walt Disney Concert Hall– May 21, 2012
Honoring Gordon Davidson, founder of Center Theatre Group, Inner-City Arts, serving children and youth in LA’s Skid Row neighborhood, Roberta Uno, creating opportunities for women of color in the theater field. Featuring Master of Ceremonies, Actress Amy Aquino.
11th Annual Bridge Awards
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA West-March 12, 2011
Honoring Bill Ahmanson & The Ahmanson Foundation, supporting Arts & Culture in Southern California, Cliff Faulkner & Shigeru Yaji, longtime friends and supporters of Cornerstone, Wells Fargo, committed to community re-investment, Debra Padilla & Judy Baca of SPARC – Social and Public Art Resource Center, bringing art to underserved communities. Featuring Master of Ceremonies, Actress Amy Aquino.
10th Annual Bridge Awards
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA West-March 16, 2010
Honoring Paris Barclay, Emmy Award Winning Director & Producer, Aaron Paley & Katie Bergin, Community Arts Resources, José Garcia, Executive Director, Inquilinos Unidos. Featuring Master of Ceremonies, Actress Amy Aquino.
9th Annual Bridge Awards
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA West– May 12, 2009
Honoring Antonia Hernandez, President & CEO, California Community Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Jon Imparato, Director of Cultural Arts, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Featuring Master of Ceremonies, actress Amy Aquino.
8th Annual Bridge Awards
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA West- May 7, 2008
Honoring Amy Brenneman, Actor & Founding Cornerstone Artist, Jeanne Affelder & Jeff Weissglass, Sustaining Supporters, and Pablo Alvarado, National Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Featuring Master of Ceremonies, Actress Amy Aquino & Live Music by Los Jornaleros del Norte.
7th Annual Bridge Awards
The Armory Northwest- June 9, 2007
Honoring Rosenda & John Mataka activists and civic leaders from Grayson, CA and Leigh Curran, Artistic Director of Virginia Avenue Project. Performance of Los Illegals.
6th Annual Bridge Awards, Play it Forward
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center -October 22, 2005
Kicking off the 20th Anniversary Season and honoring long-time community participant Damion Teeko Parran, The Durfee Foundation, and outgoing Artistic Director Bill Rauch and founding member Christopher Liam Moore. Hosted by actors Amy Brenneman and Bill Pullman.
5th Annual Bridge Awards-Panorama-Rama! A celebration of Cornerstone Theater Company’s Dramatic Landscapes and Scenic Views.
Barnsdall Art Park and Gallery Theater -October 4, 2004
4th Annual Bridge Awards-Trailblazin’!
Autry Museum of Western Heritage- September 25, 2003
Honoring Nancy Yee, community member, John Malpede, founding Artistc Director of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, and The Wallace Foundation. Hosted by Amy Brenneman and special guests Tyne Daly, Laura Dern, Amy Hill, Richard T. Jones, Donal Logue and Elisabeth Shue.
3rd Annual Bridge Awards, Joyride! Songs, Scenes and Automobiles
Peterson Automotive Museum of Los Angeles- October 7, 2002
2nd Annual Bridge Awards-Swingin’ Sixteen
The Derby– October 1, 2001
1st Annual Bridge Awards, 15 Snapshots of 15 Years
El Portal Center for the Arts– October 16, 2000
Celebrating a decade and a half of nationwide work through performance and honoring Ron Temple who represents Cornerstone’s first years on the road working in rural communities and the Escobar family who were among the first and most frequent collaborators in the city of Los Angeles. Hosted by Amy Brenneman.