Cornerstone Theater Company

Talk It Out


In 2011, Cornerstone Theater Company and The California Endowment developed Talk It Out, a program about change inspired by real stories from community members across California. Their stories are created in to original, short plays and are performed by community members, along with professional actors. Each staged reading is accompanied by a facilitated discussion with the audience about efforts by community to make change.

The first Talk it Out program focused on A Community Conversation To Fix School Discipline in response to questions from the community regarding school discipline policies in their neighborhoods. More recently, Talk It Out expanded its scope to look at the root causes of behavioral issues in school, such as childhood adversity. The focus of these programs was to raise awareness and personalize the discussion of school discipline and childhood adversity for people on all sides of the conversation.

In 2016, Talk it Out began to explore the school-to-prison pipeline with the creation of Talk It Out: A conversation about Reentry, Redemption, Renewal. This program was developed in response to questions from community regarding Proposition 47, anti-recidivism and the inclusion and rehabilitation of individuals marginalized by crime, poverty and violence. Talk It Out strives to raise awareness and personalize the discussion around the commitment to improve reentry outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals through policy reform by offering community members a chance to share first–person experiences, to ask questions and to explore possible solutions from people on all sides of the conversation.

For more information or to get involved contact Managing Director Megan Wanlass at


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Congratulations to the Community of Sacramento on their huge success at the State Capitol!

In 2013, Willful, a new short play by Julie Marie Myatt, directed by Ashley Teague, based on real-life stories from the Sacramento Community about their experiences with “Willful Defiance,”  was performed by local students to a packed house at the Sacramento Capitol!

Assemblymember Roger Dickinson introduced to the event and spoke about this pressing issue.

Willful aired on Comcast/Surewest Channel 17 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and was also viewable online through our partnership with Access Sacramento at, at the times listed below.

Sunday, July 28th @ 7:00pm
Monday, July 29th @ 11:00am
Tuesday, July 30th @ 3:00am

Friday, August 2nd @ 7:00pm
Saturday, August 3rd @ 11:00am
Sunday, August 4th @ 3:00am

Tuesday, August 6th @ 10:00pm
Wednesday, August 7th @ 2:00pm
Thursday, August 8th @ 6:00am

Sunday, August 11th @ 10:00pm
Monday, August 12th @ 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 13th @ 6:00am

And check out these articles from the Sacramento Bee and see photos from the event below.

The Sacramento Bee – Healthy Choices

The Sacramento Bee – Report Card


Assemblymember Roger Dickinson speaks to the cast of Willful


Performance of Willful, June 26th at the State Capitol


Audience participation before the performance of Willful

Sacramento Community Partners include:

The Black Parallel School Board
The Office of Assemblymember Roger Dickinson
Access Sacramento
Old Soul
Building Healthy Communities: Sacramento
Voice of the Youth
The Guild Theater
Public Counsel

Learn about Cornerstone’s performance at the State Capitol last year :


Sacramento Willful Flyer V3-web