Who Is CORE?

CORE is an internationally touring independent theatre company based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It is currently headed by Emel Ertugrul and Edwin Castillo with artistic members Laura Agudelo, Nancy Dickerson and Samantha Johnston.  We are in constant development of new pieces to present locally in the Hampton Roads area and to tour stateside and internationally. We hold yearly workshops in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints. We strive to create innovative, compelling ensemble works that challenge and excite the actors involved and the audiences that watch.  

Core has been creating, teaching, and performing since 2006.
Please check our Production Archive for full list of original works and literary adaptations, licensed productions, and installation projects.

Core has participated in theater festivals and forums in Quebec, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain, and New York City. They have hosted The International Guest Artist Series in partnership with The Little Theatre of Norfolk to bring international acts to perform locally and were awarded Best Ensemble of 2013 by Young Audiences of Virginia. Core’s mission is to create innovative, compelling ensemble works that are both challenging to the actors involved and engaging to the audiences who watch. All we want is to make great theater and have great people see it… everywhere.