Grow. Go. Do.

CORE manifesto: Grow. Go. Do. Grow. Return. Share.

We are a company that works together on our productions throughout the year but each of us also have outside projects on which we work.

Projects that present different challenges and exercise other elements of our individual talents. It is then upon our return to Core productions that we share what we’ve been both willingly and reluctantly taught

All failures and successes in life inform your being and your work. All interactions and perspectives keep you fresh, trained, sharp, and knowledgeable.

Experiencing life should transform you.

On a common trajectory, our objective as a company in these individual endeavors is to grow simultaneously and we check in with each other along the way to support personally and artistically.

“You’re different,” he said. You’ve changed.”
“Good,” was the only suitable response.

This week we celebrate growth.
Christopher has directed The Royal Family at LTVB which opens Tomorrow night! Congrats to you sir! Go see it everyone!

Laura is directing The Tempest for TCC’s Shakespeare in the Grove this year! Rehearsals started this week and it’s set to open June 25 and it’s sure to be awesome!

Eddie, Emel, Nancy, & Chris are heading up to Baltmore next weekend for a Lessac Workshop at Center Stage taught by the amazing Robin Aronson Carr! So very excited for this little reunion and being introduced to this technique!

Dive in people. The water’s fine.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

Love and art to all.

Welcome back

This last week has really been a wonderful and busy little welcome back to HR!

-We were more than happy to provide a little movement assist to the centennial celebration of the Wells. Many congrats to Patrick Mullins and Virginia Stage Company for a most excellent evening and party. 

-We were honored to visit Peter Schulman‘s fantastic ODU French class to talk a little Sartre and our No Exit production and the local existence of french theater. Thanks, Peter, it was a great time!

-also…. We received some really great news this week about some future projects that we can’t quite spill yet but hold on to your seats, we still have a couple of more meetings! We’re really excited!

Proud to travel, Proud to be home. Thanks to all of you who are the artbeat of the art scene.

Wrapping up one endeavor

Last night we had an AH-MAZING final workshop class with our Movements I: Intro to Viewpoints group, and it was sad to wrap it up. From circles and flow, cushion traps and cannibalism, family circus to cavemen, we were so impressed with you guys and had such an awesome time that we were still smiling this morning! Just remember that the conversation isn’t over and that you’ve given us so much in return!

And a huge thank you out to The Little Theatre of Norfolk board, Jason Martens, and Christopher Bernhardt for allowing us the opportunity to do what we love. We’ve had an invaluable experience with these folks so thank you deeply for that.

Love and Art Always – Emel & Eddie 

The rain in Spain…

In 20 days The Poe Project leaves for Spain! 
We’re touring to the Festival Internacional de Teatro, XX edition in Santiago de Compostela which starts on Feb 17th! Our amazing ensemble for this trip is Edwin Castillo,  Emel Ertugrul,  Nancy Dickerson, Samantha Johnson, and we’d like to give a huge Core welcome to guest artist Melissa Coleman-Reed, company member of Circle Circle dot dot Theater based out of San Diego. Edwin and Emel have known Melissa from their formative years in the ODU Theatre Department and all our training has come full circle so we’re getting the chance to rock it out once more.

You asked for it, here it is: a 5-week Intro to Viewpoints workshop

Calling all actors, comedians, improvisers, dancers, directors, filmmakers, photographers, writers, philosophers, designers, and artists of all kinds! Come join Core Theatre Ensemble for an enlightening movement workshop!

Workshop Description:
Over the course of five weeks (Sunday evenings in March), we will introduce the class to the basics of Viewpoints movement training. This workshop will concentrate on learning and exploring the individual aspects of movement as defined by this training, and each class will last approximately 2 ½ hours.

What are the Viewpoints? Viewpoints is a system of physical improvisations that are the basis on which one defines a physical performance.

What does that mean? Well, it means we’ll get you on your feet and we’ll be exploring the elemental properties of movement. Core will guide you through ideas of framing, focus, perspective, and the beginning elements of Viewpoints movement training — all things needed in the arts and in life! As a group, we will be creating with others and watching what others create.

Viewpoints training increases awareness of how an audience perceives characters and stories. This training gives its students the ability to use their bodies naturally as well as dynamically. It’s an invaluable tool for all ages and career stages, and it’s fun and eye-opening, so come join us!

Workshop Dates:
Sundays March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014


The Little Theatre of Norfolk

FREE DEMO: SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 @ LTN 7:00pm! Come see what we’re all about!


  • While this not a strenuous workshop, it does require physical participation. It’s recommended for you to be of able body. No audits, please.
  • Participants will be required to remove socks and shoes.
  • Age Restriction: 15+


  • $125 – 5 wk workshop
  • $40 to secure spot due by Sunday, Jan 19
  • Full payment due by Sunday, Feb 15

To register or contact us for questions:
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CORE is going to Spain!

CORE is extremely proud to announce our acceptance to XX INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN this February!! This is great news for us and was highly anticipated! We will be performing with other amazing groups from Belgium, Portugal, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Romania and of course the impressive groups from Santiago! Here we go 2014!

Friday Night Frights

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Come join us for a wonderful evening of storytelling featuring Core’s performances of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest pieces in Downtown Portsmouth’s Historic District!

In the depths of the Old Courthouse Annex, built in 1843 just years before Poe’s death, The Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center is giving Core’s cast of four full reign to take you seamlessly through Poe’s wonderfully macabre worlds of The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, The Bells and Annabel Lee in The Poe Project.

With Laura Agudelo, Edwin Castillo, Emel Ertugrul, and Alba Woolard, The Poe Project has been described as story theatre at its best. The Poe Project has been performed locally to rave reviews, as well as internationally at the 13th annual Les Fêtes Théâtrales du Suroît in Quebec, the 27th annual Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre Universitaire in Liege, Belgium, and the 13th annual International Theatre Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania where it won recognition for Best Actress (Emel Ertugrul) and Best of Show (The Bells).

Witty, focused, charming, and intense! Set the date and don’t miss this amazing night as we proudly present The Poe Project as part of the Portsmouth Art amp; Cultural Center’s October programming!

OCTOBER 18th @ 7pm; doors open at 6:15pm

TICKETS can be purchased over the phone 757-393-8543 or in person at the Portsmouth Art amp; Cultural Center 420 High St.

$3.00 (Advance Purchase)
$5.00 at door
$2.00 for Members
Advance tickets must be purchased by October 15th @5pm to receive the advance ticket pricing.

This show is recommended 13+

June 21st and 22nd: Two by Gamba

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The Little Theatre of Norfolk and CORE Theatre Ensemble welcome guest artist Giacomo Gamba from Brescia, Italy for the American premiere performances of his surreal masterpieces Oxus-Gennan amp; Sgòrbypark for two evenings only June 21 and 22 at 8:00pm.

Oxus-Gennan follows two characters, X and Y, working their life at the Machine. Pale and blue veined, they work away as usual, collecting and processing oxygen in a world filled with pollution until… today. Something is different inside Y. What is life bound to a machine?

Sgòrbypark follows two ex-members of secret organizations that underwent all kinds of experiments before, during, and after their missions. They were used for the worst purposes in the name of progress, and now they are just two human beings without definite identities. Rubbish in a collapsing world, they are lost and left alone in Sgòrbypark. In a hallucinated trip, the two live again in the old missions and explore the dark side of their souls to discover what little humanity is still there in order to live.

Moving and human, both these pieces are surreal in laughter and sadness. Oxus-Gennan and Sgòrbypark are two worlds in which the characters question what it is to live. Oxus-Gennan will be presented by CORE Theatre Ensemble starring Lindsey Wyda-Cole and Matt Cole. Sgòrbypark will be presented by Centro di Creazione Teatrale starring Giacomo Gamba and Laura Mantovi.

Performances are Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 8:00pm at the Little Theatre of Norfolk, 801 Claremont Ave. A reception to meet the artists will follow each evening! Tickets are $15 General Admission, $10 LTN Season Subscribers and are available at

About the Guest Artist: Giacomo Gamba is an accomplished actor, director, published author and playwright, currently residing in Brescia, Italy where, since 2010, he works and teaches at the Centro di Creazione Teatrale (Center of Theatrical Creation). His plays have been performed in many international festivals including Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Armenia, Canada, Austria, and Germany where he also has taught workshops on his method of physical theatrical work. His published works include short stories, fiction and modern fairy tales most of which English translations can be found on He has studied at the Scuola di Teatro e Arte Del Movimento with Brigitte Morel and Fabio Maccarinelli and was an actor with the French-Italian theatre company Scarabeblù. He has worked closely with several theater groups in Brescia including the Masnada Theater Group, Centro Teatrale Bresciano,and Fabbrica del Vento where he originally penned and presented his multi-award winning Sgòrbypark and Oxus-Gennan among other pieces. For more informaton on Giacomo please visit his website:


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ONE NIGHT ONLY! On Sunday, May 5 @ 8pm at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, CORE Theatre Ensemble presents the NYC premiere of 40 Whacks: a nightmare, an original performance piece based on Lizzie Borden.

Love lives in dreams; guilt lives in nightmares. CORE Theatre Ensemble presents their original theatrical piece based on the infamous tale of Lizzie Borden and the brutal ax murders of her parents for ONE NIGHT ONLY in the intimate space of The Brick Theater.

The Lizzie Borden case has intrigued America for over one hundred years and is still considered “one of the most dastardly and diabolical crimes that was ever committed.”  Andrew and Abby Borden’s bodies were found axed to death in their home in August 1892; their daughter Lizzie was arrested and charged mere days later. The case was surrounded with a passionately divided public, and the opinion of women and their capabilities fueled debate concerning her guilt or innocence. Due to circumstantial evidence and incompetent prosecution, Lizzie was ultimately acquitted of all charges. Whether guilty or innocent, there is always a price to pay. Secrets may be taken to the grave, but they haunt the living until the death bell rings.

Debuted in Norfolk, VA in 2011 and toured to Quebec in 2012, 40 Whacks: a nightmare will travel to Lithuania immediately following the NYC premiere at The Brick Theater! Don’t miss it! Seating is limited. This show contains adult content.

Tickets:  $17 in advance online at or $20 at door — CASH only!

Date/Time:   Sunday, May 5, 2013   8:00pm

Location:  The Brick Theater 579 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Directions: Between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street — Take the L to Lorimer or the G to Metropolitan

For further questions about the show, tickets, or CORE Theatre Ensemble, please contact Emel Ertugrul at 757-301-1039 or email us at