Cornerstone Theater Company

Two Day Intensives

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Cornerstone’s Two Day Intensives (2DI) provide excellent opportunities for both new and established artists who support a growing national interest in creating theater with and for communities.

Designed for 12 to 40 participants, this workshop relies on participants’ input and creativity for activities and conversations that include an introduction to Cornerstone’s 20+ 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 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

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 at Cornerstone’s space in Los Angeles:

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. Intensives for individual participation take place at Cornerstone’s office/rehearsal space in the downtown Artist District in Los Angeles.

Upcoming Two-Day Intensives in Los Angeles for individual participation:

FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1, 2015

Registration period:  December 8, 2014 – February 25, 2015.  Cost $300.

$25 discount for registrations received before January 23, 2015.

Facilitated by Cornerstone company members (to be announced).

Mark your calendars and plan to join us. Enrollment is limited so register early!

Hours for this Intensive at Cornerstone’s office are:
Saturday, from 9:30a to 6:30p (1 hour lunch break around 1:30p)
Sunday, from 10:00a to 3:00p  (working lunch in the afternoon)

Discount available for groups of 3 or more who register together from the same school or organization when registered and paid before discount cut-off dates.

Download this registration form and follow the instructions.

Location: Cornerstone Theater Company

708 Traction Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Out of town participants– closest recommended hotels are the DoubleTree in Little Tokyo
and the Miyako Hotel

To learn more or to book a 2DI, contact Paula Donnelly: 213.613.1700 x134
or email PDonnelly [at] cornerstonetheater [dot] org.

Cornerstone Institute Two Day 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
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
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