Cornerstone Theater Company

Change Series Plays

The murals, the music, the taqueros and tamaleros, the Christmas parade and lowrider parades, the gardens, the hills, the arroyo…and the people. Highland Park is Here connects the fractured stories—past and present—of this iconic LA neighborhood in this moment of community change, searching for shared spaces and experiences. From our homes to our street corners to on-line, if you are there, then Highland Park is Here.

Highland Park is Here is created in/with/for the residents of Highland Park and Cornerstone Theater Company, Oxy Arts, and the Occidental College Theater Department. Live performances will be streamed on-line.

November 12 – 15, 2020, performance times and where to watch will be announced shortly.

Artistic Team

Michael John Garcés, Director
Mark Valdez, Playwright
Page Leong, Choreographer
Carlos Melgar, Composer

Production Team

Kerry Farmer, Production Manager
Lynn Jeffries, Production Designer
John Nobori, Sound Designer
Jared Mezzocchi, Creative Director for Virtual Performance
Jenna Morris, Costume Design Assistant

Stage Management Team

Nikki Hyde, Production Stage Manager
Autumn Scott, Assistant Stage Manager
Gina DeLuca, Assistant Stage Manager


Adrianne Alvarez-Jackson, Karla Antone, Rebecca Bermudez, Kendell Byrd, Sevan Cash, Jayleen Chavarria, Alejandro Chavez, Dolores Chavez, Naomi E. Cornejo, Marita De La Torre, Cecille Forsyth Rios, Simran Fulton, Zachary Goldsmith, Peter Howard, Afreen Majumdar, Beret Malmgren, Diana Martinez, Ebony McConico-Garcia, Michael Mejia, Daniela Naranjo, Irene Narvaez, Elisa O’Malley, Hoyeon Park, Kenny Ramos, Gabriel Rodriguez, Elinor Taylor, Richard Tom, Isabella Vidal, Ralph Waxman, Jona Yadidi

Postcard Image: Judith F. Baca(c)1977, “History of Highland Park” 25ft x 200ft. acrylic on cement. Mural located on the Highland Park Pacific Telephone Building. Sponsored by Pacific Bell. Courtesy of the SPARC Archives,

Michael John Garcés


Mark Valdez