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Review for Cornerstone Theater Company, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I worked with Cornerstone Theater Company from 2010- 2013. I absolutely love Cornerstone, respect all of the people (Community, Ensemble, Staff and Board) that makes the organization run. I had the unique opportunity to work on the Artistic and Administrative Management time while at Cornerstone. I started out as a management fellow, became a part-time employee, then a full-time employee and finally was in the producer role.

During the time that i was at Cornerstone, the organization was coming of age and going through some very difficult transition. However, just like in life; when organizations reach a certain age there is time for reflection, re-evaluation and implementing systems that will support an organization executing its mission and moving (on the administrative side) to the next level.

COMMUNITY is what Cornerstone does! It has always been good at this and hopefully will continue to be a leader in the field. I was there when the transition of General Management happened. I can say that this was a difficult transition along with the soon after firing mentioned in the other review. When new folks come in; it can take time to adopt the Cornerstone culture. I will say that the General Manager is a worker, goes above and beyond for the company and has put in place some important policies and systems that allows the organization to function better administratively. Could the transition been handled differently? Maybe. However, I respect the leadership that was and is at Cornerstone and as a member of the staff I have agreed to trust the decisions that they make. Along with that; I understand many of the concerns of the staff.

The work that Cornerstone does in the community by creating a space for opening dialogue, skill sharing and transformation outshines any of the office talk. That is the reason I spent over 700 days engaging in the work of the company and why so many people have done and do this work.

Cornerstone is an amazing place and so many lives have been changed because of creating plays in community.

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