Cornerstone Theater Company

Talk It Out!


In 2011 Cornerstone Theater Company and The California Endowment developed Talk It Out: A Community Conversation To Fix School Discipline in response to questions from 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. Talk It Out strives to raise awareness and personalize the discussion of school discipline and childhood adversity for people on all sides of the conversation by offering community members a chance to share first–person experiences, to ask questions and to explore possible solutions.

Talk It Out is traveling across California, creating original, short plays inspired by real stories from community members. Those community members, along with professional actors, star in the plays, which are accompanied by facilitated discussion with the audience about efforts by community to make change. For more information or to get involved contact Managing Director Megan Wanlass at  And learn more about the pressing issue of Childhood Adversity at

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Cornerstone Theater Company and The California Endowment, in collaboration with Building Healthy Communities Eastern Coachella Valley presented Talk it Out: A Celebration and Conversation About Change in Our Community. Residents shared personal stories around change in the community and a vision for a healthy, positive school climate.

Talk it Out: A Celebration and Conversation About Change in Our Community featured a reading of two new plays, Look Forward and Kashunpicua (Caminar con Respeto) along with a facilitated discussion with the audience. Look Forward, written by Peter Howard, and Kashunpicua (Caminar con Respeto), written by Jeanette Godoy, are based on real stories about the climate of education in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Both plays were performed by students and local community members. The plays reflect the changes that are happening in the Eastern Coachella Valley and bring to light the community’s vision for the future of education.

Thank you for joining us at Talk It Out in Coachella!

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