Theater Provides Opportunity

East county drama emerges

“Theatre is at the core of our being. It is our work, it is our play, it is a passion that we have found.”
This is the key message of the new small theatre company has emerged from Pittsburg known as theatreCORE.
After noticing the lack of theatre productions put on during the summer months, after moving to Pittsburg five years ago, co-founders Bradford and Tamara Cooreman decided to take matters in to their own hands and fill absence of live theatre with their own productions by starting their own small theatre company in spring 2015.
“TheatreCORE is, essentially, our way of doing the thing that we love in our community,” said Cooreman.
In its first community show, theatreCORE performed the dramatic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare at John Buckley Square for six free performances called “Shakespeare in the Park” during late July and Early Aug.
“We have also been getting support from the Pittsburg Arts and Community Foundation and the Pittsburg Performing Arts Academy,” explained Cooreman, “those two groups have been very helpful and supportive.”
Although much of its focus comes from putting on shows during the summer months, upcoming projects include an improv workshop, which begins Sept. 13 at the Railroad Book Depot located at 650 Railroad Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The class will meet weekly through Thanksgiving and will conclude with an improv performance to be announced at a later date.
Apart from the improv workshop, fundraising events and stage readings will be put on as they prepare for Shakespeare in the Park to be put on during summer 2016.
TheatreCORE encourages actors from the East County region to come out and participate in its performances.
“If there are any students interested in getting involved, I would encourage them to contact us,” explained Cooreman, “what we offer is experience outside of the academic setting,” said Cooreman.
For more information on the theatreCORE and upcoming projects visit