Michael John Garcés

Michael John Garcés is the Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, where his directing credits include California: The Tempest by Alison Carey, Plumas Negras by Juliette Carrillo, and Café Vida by Lisa Loomer. For Cornerstone he has also written Consequence, out of story circles with students, teachers, administrators and parents in South Kern County, and Los Illegals, created in residence with communities of day laborers and domestic workers. Directing credits at other theaters include Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidman (The Guthire Theatre and Mosaic Theater Company), Lights Rise on Grace by Chad Beckim (Woolly Mammoth), Seven Spots on the Sun by Martín Zimmerman (Boston Court Theatre), Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherfucker with the Hat (South Coast Repertory) and red, black and GREEN: a blues by Marc Bamuthi Joseph (premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, toured nationally to venues such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Kennedy Center). His full-length plays includeTHE WEB (needtheatre), points of departure and customs (INTAR Theatre), Acts of Mercy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and the solo performance agua ardiente (The American Place Theatre). Short plays include A Parable (Great Plains Theatre Festival), grief (Active Cultures), and hymn in three parts (Chalk Repertory Theatre). He collaborated with composer Alexandra Vrebalov on the oratorio Stations, which received its premiere at the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and was also performed at the NOMUS Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. Michael is a recipient of the Princess Grace Statue and the Alan Schneider Director Award. He is a company member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and a proud alumnus of New Dramatists.

Symposium Presenters:


Alliance Theatre Pointless Theatre dog and pony dc
 Ryan Conarro Wendt Center for Loss and Healing Arena Stage
Natsu Onoda Power Psalmayene 24 Double Edge Theatre 
Rachel Hynes