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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More announcements!

We'll be working with some old and new friends in the coming months, and we have some very exciting developments lined up: first of all, No Exit at The Venue on 35th February 28th-March 2nd! Then in May, we're taking 40 Whacks: A Nightmare to Lithuania! That's right, we're heading back to Eastern Europe! Get the fried bread ready.

We are also honored to be presenting the American premiere of Oxus Gennan by Giacomo Gamba this summer. We'll share more information about this in the coming months, but for now we are very excited to say that this wonderful playwright and generally delightful human being is coming from Italy this summer for a week of workshops and performances with CORE!

We told you 2013 was going to be big. But you know what? We still have even more tricks up our sleeve.


Announcement Day!

It's official: we would like to welcome Chris Bernhardt as our Associate Managing Director! We have big plans for this year, and we are so excited to have him join our team!

Our next big announcement is that the lovely Laura Agudelo has been named VHSL Southeastern District Theater Director of the Year! Congratulations, Laura! We're so proud of you!

And in case you hadn't heard, CORE is Young Audiences of Virginia's Ensemble of the the Year!

The cherry on top? You can now follow us on Twitter.

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2013 is already amazing, and it's only February. Just wait until you find out what else we're cookin' up.


You like us! You really like us!

CORE has been named 2012 Ensemble of the Year by Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc! You can come celebrate with us and donate to help keep the arts in Virginia schools on February 11th at Bite in Downtown Norfolk from 5:30-7pm. More information is available here. We hope to see you there!


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What's next from CORE

Photo by Daniel Isenmann

Photo by Daniel Isenmann

“Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity.
The windows are bricked up, there are no mirrors, the electric lights can never be turned off, and there is no exit.
The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned.

Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell.
It is an eternal torment.”

CORE Theatre Ensemble is bringing this Nobel Prize winning play to The Venue on 35th for 3 nights only.

Thursday, February 28 8pm
Friday, March 1 8pm
Saturday, March 2 8pm

Reservations: 757.469.0337
Tickets: $10

The Venue on 35th
631 35th St.
Norfolk, VA

Happy 2013

fter a brief respite over the holidays, we are once again forging ahead with our characteristic intensity. We have big plans for this year: new projects, new adventures, and lots of things that we can't reveal just yet! You'll just have to trust us…this is going to be an exciting year


August News!

October 5 & 6

Edgar Allen Poe

Get into the Halloween spirit with Core Theatre Ensemble at the Venue on 35th for two spooky performances. Come listen and watch them weave thru such Edgar Allan Poe classics as The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, Anabelle Lee, and The Raven. It's sure to be a evening of spine tingling fear and blood curdling screams, all in the intimate setting of The Venue on 35th.

TICKETS $15 (no credit)
RESERVE 757.469.0337

November 30 – December 9

CORE is bringing the notable short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman to The Little Theater of Norfolk.

The story follows a woman, confined to a room on doctor's orders to help ease her state of mind, as she tries to break free both mentally and physically. Appealing to so many schools of thought, the story has been hailed by feminists as a condemnation of sexism residing in the medical profession and also by psychotherapists who claim it to be a resounding account of the descent into madness. This story, however, is so much more than that; Gilman herself stated “the story was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked.”

Originally produced locally in 2007 and toured internationally in 2008 to rave reviews, CORE's cast of 9 is bringing back this compelling story of a woman walking the line of sanity.

This November come climb into the wallpaper with us… It's nice on the other side.

Performance Dates:
November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

All performances start at 8:00 PM

Tickets $15
On sale now! Click link below!



Welcome to CORE Theatre Ensemble

CORE Theatre Ensemble has been based out of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia since 2006 and could not be more proud to have found so many amazing people to work with because of it.  We are striving to make CORE a more integral part of the arts emergence in Hampton Roads while keeping true to ourselves and what drives us as artists.  We build locally and travel our productions stateside and internationally to connect, to show, and to return with new found inspirations. Find where all your loves lie and visit them as often as possible.

the past, The Present, and THE FUTURE

Hello Everyone!

First, we'd like to thank the following most amazing people who have donated to our kickstarter for travelling The Poe Project to Lithuania! Thank you all so much!
Courtney Grilli
Martin Cardenas
Deborah Wallace
Guzin and Jim Karides
Patrick Mullins
Heather Nixon
Chrissy Babashanian
Nicholas Mizelle
Phyllis Kaye
John Davidson
Armando & Cecelia Castillo
Jacki Paolella
Ashley Berkman
Taylor Winstead
Brant Powell
Melissa Agudelo
Arcel Castillo
Kathy Lamotte
Michael Fisher
Kathleen Mozingo
Katherine Hammond
Turkan Ertugrul
Erlene Hendrix
Steffani Dambruch
Becca Ostman
Rebecca Soorani,
Clara Sughrue,
Michael Kerry Williams
You are all our travel angels!!

Some news for you:

the Past

2011 was a great year for us.  We performed The ThreePenny Opera for a three week run at Generic Theatre in March; travelled to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec in April for the 15th annual Fetes Internationales du Theatre where we performed A Season in Hell, based on the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud; created You Vs. a new show for the Norfolk Playwriting Festival in August; and wrote and performed our latest piece, 40 Whacks: A Nightmare, at Little Theatre of Norfolk in October.  Along the way, we started a new partnership with Young Audiences of Virginia where we have adapted our versions of Edgar Allen Poe’s works for middle schoolers in the Tidewater area.

the Present

We are gearing up to return to Quebec for the 16th annual Fetes Internationales du Theatre where we will perform 40 Whacks: A Nightmare for an international audience.  Two weeks later, we travel to Vilnius, Lithuania to perform The Poe Project.  This is our first foray into that part of the world and we are very excited to make new friends and find new inspiration!  We have been invited to perform again as part of the Norfolk Playwriting Festival in the summer and also have a few more opportunities for the end of this year, so keep an eye on our site!

The Future


Stay tuned…  we've got a lot lined up for this year!   Like us on FB for the most immediate info and happenings!


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!

Poe Friday Night Frights Poster

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+

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