Cornerstone Theater Company

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

Honoring Patty Crosby, community leader, Guillermo Aviles Rodriguez, community participant, and The James Irvine Foundation. Hosted by Amy Brenneman.

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

Honoring community leader Norma Bowles of Fringe Benefits, George (Jiddu) Haddad, a longtime community participant, and AT &T Foundation. Hosted by Amy Brenneman.

2nd Annual Bridge Awards-Swingin’ Sixteen

The Derby– October 1, 2001

Honoring Quentin Drew of the Watts Village Theater and Victoria Ann Lewis of the Mark Taper Forum’s Other Voices program.  Hosted by Amy Brenneman.

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.