Cornerstone Theater Company

Teatro Jornalero


Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras

(Day Labor Theater Without Borders, TJSF)

is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theater group made up of day laborers. Our mission is to improve the lives of day laborers everywhere through the creation of plays by and for the day labor community, over 25,000 strong in the LA area. Responding to an often degrading and hostile work environment and an increasingly anti-immigrant climate nationally, the troupe uses theater, music and dialogue to educate immigrant workers about their rights; inspire day laborers to use theater as a tool for change-making; empower the community by reflecting their stories in their own voices; and humanize the immigration debate for the community at large.

Since fall of 2008, the ten-member troupe has developed fifteen short plays examining social justice issues such as worker and immigrant rights, building healthy families and workplaces, and exploring the creation of transnational cultures. TJSF performs its plays at sites where day laborers gather, mainly the 14 day labor centers supported by the City of Los Angeles. During the last year Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras has expanded its work to both Northern California and El Salvador.

We believe society can flourish when its members know and respect one another.

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Open Society Foundations 

Ford Foundation 

Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
California Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts,

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture 

Network of Ensemble Theaters 

California Council for the Humanities
Puffin Foundation

Peace Development Fund 

Building Healthy Communities-Long Beach, CA. 

Hemispheric Institute