April 21, 2020
Remembering Diane Rodriguez
Diane exuded community: she was attracted to community, cultivated community, advocated for community, celebrated community and LOVED community. She understood the value of gathering people together to strengthen voice and magnify power. Her spirited drive to connect inspired us to focus our collective efforts on bettering our world through both deepening our roots and aspiring to great heights.
Cornerstone was blessed to have her collaborate with residents of the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights for our production of Los Vecinos, A Play for Neighbors in 1997.
Adapted by Diane and Luis Alfaro from the Mexican shepherd’s play, La Pastorela, the play was directed by Diane and followed a group of neighbors on a journey through an earthquake-ravaged landscape. It was performed at the Community Service Organization in Boyle Heights.
In 1996, she performed in the role of Toby Belch in a remount of our Twelfth Night, or As You Were adapted by Alison Carey as part of the 6th World Shakespeare Congress Performing Arts Festival at the Los Angeles Theater Center.
We were grateful to have her husband, Jose Delgado, as part of the Cornerstone board from 2002-2009, providing leadership as our board president during a period of great transition.
Diane’s sparkling visual sensibility, her big infectious laugh and her joyous celebratory spirit will stay with us as we carry on in our work. We will miss you, Diane.
–Juliette Carrillo and all of us at Cornerstone