Cornerstone Theater Company

Institute Intensives

Participants in a Cornerstone Two-Day Intensive

Cornerstone is conducting an online intensive June 14-18, 2021. For more information and to register click here.

Cornerstone’s Institute Intensives provide excellent opportunities for both new and established artists to learn the basic elements of creating theater with and about communities.

These Intensives are designed for individuals and organizations interested in learning how to make community-engaged theater, or interested in expanding their toolkit for work they are already doing.

Online Intensives

Join in conversation and creative practice with Cornerstone Theater Co. & other folks interested in centering community stories onstage.

Cornerstone Theater’s Intensive is designed for anyone interested in making community-engaged theater (or other art): artists, educators, organizers, and curious others. Learn about Cornerstone’s unique methodology for making new plays with and about communities.

This workshop is happening in Zoomland and capacity is limited to 20 participants.

With curriculum based on Cornerstone’s 30+ year history and facilitated by longtime company artists including founding ensemble member Peter Howard, the workshop draws on participants’ input and creativity for activities, exercises and conversations including: choosing and engaging communities; cultural mapping; story-gathering, scriptwriting and adaptation; design in a community context and rehearsal room strategies. The intensive culminates with participants putting these elements into practice by creating short collaborative performances.

Two-Day Intensives

Designed for up to 30 participants, this workshop relies on participants’ input and creativity for activities and conversations that include an introduction to Cornerstone’s 30+ year history, hands-on exercises for choosing and engaging communities, story gathering, script writing and adaptation, auditions, casting and design, plus an opportunity to put these various elements into practice creating art together.

Institute 2-Day Intensives are facilitated by Cornerstone company members and include 13 hours of instruction and hands-on activities in:

  • Cornerstone’s History, Evolution and Case Studies
  • Theater and Social Change
  • Identifying & Engaging Community
  • Turning Community Stories into Art (Writing & Design)
  • Rehearsal and Performance Tools & Challenges
  • Collaborative Composition & Performance

Questions? Contact Paula Donnelly at PDonnelly [at] cornerstonetheater [dot] org or call 213.613.1700 x134

Book a Two-Day Intensive for your organization or institution:

Do you have a community-collaborative project in the works? Do you want to start from scratch learning what community-based theater might be for you? The 2DI is designed to integrate your interests and concerns into the structured curriculum.

Bring two of our Ensemble members to your group to teach a crash-course in Cornerstone’s methodology over two days. We aim to craft the content for each Intensive to the needs of the hiring Institution and the interests of the participants.

Annual Two-Day Intensive:

Cornerstone offers a 2DI for individual participation in late February each year. Occasionally we’ll offer a second one in the fall. If you are an artist, educator or activist, or curious about Cornerstone for whatever reason, this is the opportunity for you.

To learn more or to book a 2DI for your community or organization, please contact Paula Donnelly at PDonnelly [at] cornerstonetheater [dot] org or call 213.613.1700 x134

Cornerstone Institute Intensives have been presented at:

Alcadia San Julian Sonsonate, San Salvadore, El Salvador
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Arizona State University at Tempe
Artists, Educators and Activists in Eureka, CA
Arts Council of Kern, Bakersfield, CA
Cal State University, Northridge, Departments of Theater & Communications/Performance Studies
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley
Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles for Individual Participation

Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
Dell’Arte International, Blue Lake, CA
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Diavolo Dance Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Kun Yang Lin/Dancers, Philadelphia, PA
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Shakespeare in Clark Park, Philadelphia
South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA
Stories On Stage, Denver, CO
Texas A & M University
University of California at Irvine, Drama Department
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theater & Dance
University of Washington in Seattle, School of Drama
William Inge Center for the Arts, Independence, KS
XII Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá

I feel empowered by everything I’ve learned. I can’t wait to bring this knowledge back to my community. I hope this type of workshop is available for non-professional artists to help heal their communities by engaging them in a noble activity.
– Cindy S., Businesswoman/Artist

The successful experiences that we had with artists from a completely different group will have a long-term impact on all of us. W…e found out …that our community is much larger than we thought. You combined great focus with a light touch so that we had experiences to give us new kinds of thoughts, but we were never pounded with point of view. Excellent and all too rare.
– Norma Moore, Artistic Director, Stories On Stage

I can’t tell you how many students… adapted your work in carrying out story circles of their own. Equally compelling was using… principles of community spaces. Wow. And finally, totally intriguing was trying their hands at adapting texts à la Cornerstone… I am so grateful that many of my students got the opportunity to participate in the two day workshop.
– Jan C, Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts