I AM THEATRE: Michael John Garcés’

March 4, 2012

Michael John Garcés’

Artistic Director, Cornerstone Theater Company

Michael John Garcés’ has been the artistic director of Cornerstone Theater Company, a community-engaged ensemble based in Los Angeles, since 2006. For Cornerstone he has comissioned and produced new plays by a wide range of writers including Alison Carey, Eisa Davis, Sigrid Gilmer, Julie Hèbert, Peter Howard, Naomi Iizuka, Tom Jacobson, Page Leong, Lisa Loomer, Lynn Manning, Julie Marie Myatt and KJ Sanchez. He has directed shows at theaters across the country, including, most recently, Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Recently featured in a cover story in American Theatre, he is on the executive board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an alumnus of New Dramatists, and the recipient of the Princess Grace Statue, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and a TCG/New Generations Grant. Current projects include the world premiere of Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Red, Black and Green: A Blues at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the launch of The Hunger Cycle, Cornerstone's ambitious multi-year, nine play exploration of issues of food security, equity and eating across urban and rural California. His play, Los Illegals, created for Cornerstone in collaboration with communities of day laborers and domestic workers, has recently been published in Yale's Theatre Magazine (Summer, 2011).

Michael John Garcés’ is an alum of New Dramatists.

About The Project:

I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. Beginning on July 14, 2011 and continuing each week for the next 50 weeks, this project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. But 50 videos can not tell the whole story. YOU ARE THEATRE: You are stage managers, artistic and executive directors, playwrights, production managers, actors, designers, fundraising and communications staff, education leaders, funders, audience members and more. WE ARE THEATRE: Today, not-for-profit professional theatres in the U.S. employ 130,000 people annually, inspire more than 30 million attendees and contribute $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy. What if thousands of theatre artists across the world posted their own video testimonies of why they do what they do and why theatre matters? How might that transform communities' awareness of our work?

Click here to learn how to participate and submit your very own video to the project.

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TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.

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