Writing | Solo Performance | Theatre | Storytelling | Collaboration 



MILWAUKEE, say "I do!"

MARNmentorship 2023 - 2024 Mentee  ||  Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Milwaukee, Wisconsin @marn_arts

MARCH 9  +  at MARN (191 N Broadway St)  +  5-7pm  =  ONE NIGHT ONLY PREMIERE of original stories written and performed by Gina Cornejo, 2023-24 MARN Mentee!

Be my time travel companions as we journey through the landscape and language of original, autobiographical stories that mingle the themes of memory, nostalgia, hiraeth, and anemoia. DO NOT MISS my hometown debut! I perform these hand-plucked stories that have yet to be heard in Milwaukee!  

DIRTY LAUNDRY written + concieved by Gina CornejoPhoto credit: Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart
"Black Balloon" written by Gina Cornejo Photo credit: Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart
2.12.22 ONLINE PREMIERE Director of Photography: Josh FInckProduced by: Stewart Owen Dance

Gina Cornejo

UP NEXT!  TBA at Muza Church, Milwaukee debut of "Dirty Laundry" by Gina Cornejo, with live performance, autobiographical storytelling, immersive theatricality, and surprise treats for guests!  


Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gina Cornejo (she/her & they/them), is the daughter of a Peruvian mariachi singer and a professional jazz dancer.  A proud Queer Americana Peruana, she is a writer, solo performance artist, actor, singer, storytelling coach, and credentialed Camino de Santiago pilgrim.  She firmly believes our distinct path of artistic expression is one based on the risk of venturing out to seek within.

For 17 years, she claimed Chicago as her artistic home. Ms. Cornejo has created and contributed original writing, performance/production concepts, and original choreography to several ensemble built productions featured within the award-winning World Premieres of Teatro Luna (Chicago) and Teatro Luna West (LA): America's All Latinx and All Women of Color Theatre Ensemble.  Ms. Cornejo was featured onstage in "S-E-X-OH!," "MACHOS," "LUNATIC(A)S."  Within this ensemble she has assisted in conducting, facilitating, and refining, workshops and ensemble built productions within the artistic avenues of writing, directing, solo performance, movement, music, and vocals. 

As an ensemble member of Teatro Luna (2005-10) she became an active touring cast member of "S-E-X-OH!" and "MACHOS" (2007-2008).  Chicago Non-Equity acclaim was awarded to the Teatro Luna ensemble with two Jeff Awards:  Best New Work ("LUNATIC(A)S," Choreographer and Original Cast Member) and Best Ensemble ("MACHOS," Choreographer and Original Cast Member). 

Other theatrical credits include, but not limited to: "Romeo and Juliet" (American Players Theatre, Rehearsal Assistant), "The House On Mango Street" (Steppenwolf Theatre, World Premiere, Nenny Cordero), "A XMAS Cuento Remix" (Milagro Theatre, Rolling World Premiere, Ixchel, Ensemble, Ms. Jefferson/Choreographer), "Cabaret" (Metropolis PAC, Texas/Fraulein Schneider US/Dance Captain), "I Thought You Could See Me" (Teatro Luna West, writer/performer/collaborator), voice over/print artist for clients USAA and KFC. 

Detailing a snapshot of her pilgrimage along the sacred Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James), "When She Passes," is her original creation featured within Teatro Luna's Audible Original, "Talking While Female and Other Dangerous Acts." Find the link above for the Dirty Spoon Radio Hour for her retelling of another moment along the Camino in her original story, "4AM."

Cultivating honest, raw expression and healing through writing and performance, her original piece "Atmosphere," was featured in "Still: Life" a performance of tremendous diligence and tender Covid-safe collaborations with Stewart/Owen Dance. Performances were held virtually and within various locations throughout the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Asheville, 2020. "Atmosphere" was also featured in the Cat Fly Film Festival and was chosen as a film installation for public viewing at the Zan Zan Gallery in December, 2022. In collaboration with GENSIX, @genisx.mke, this film will debut in Cornejo's hometown of Milwaukee, on October 5, 2023 at MARN (Milwaukee Artist Resourse Network).

As an Artist-in-Residence at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in January 2022 with her collaborators, Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen, of Stewart Owen Dance. January allowed this trio to produce a 35 minute film of the original script, "DIRTY LAUNDRY," written by Cornejo. The worldwide pivot away from live performances at the end of January, (Omicron) this never-before-seen production transitioned into a new iteration in film form featuring three of Cornejo's ten autobiographical stories. (Virtual premiere February 12-26, 2022.)

In July 2022, Cornejo was accepted as the first Artist-in-Residence at Story Parlor for the initial launch of their Story/Arts Residency, a program that champions BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and individuals from other historically marginalized groups by providing a platform for their work. A first iteration of "DIRTY LAUNDRY" was created and presented to three evenings of sold out audiences.

Gina Cornejo is consistent in her autobiographical writing and anticipates a book publication of "DIRTY LAUNDRY" one day and to have her solo show "DIRTY LAUNDRY" in a variety of venues nationwide. Cornejo is a storytelling coach with Milwaukee's own, ExFabula, and anticipates more opportunities to widely share her adoration of immersive and cringeworthy autobiographical storytelling.

Photo credit: Michael-Jamar Jean Francois, 2022, Asheville, NC
Photo credit: Michael-Jamar Jean Francois
DIRTY LAUNDRY still. Photo credit: Josh Finck and Stewart Owen Dance
Atmosphere still. Photo credit: Michael-Jamar Jean Francois

Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE)    January 2023 - present. Completed workshops:

Best Practices 

Trauma-Informed Practices 

Creating a Culture of Consent: Community Agreements 

Theatrical Studio Techniques, Casting, and Policy 

Staging Intimacy Beyond the Binary

Staging Sex: Non-Consensual Intimacy

Intimacy Choreography for Live Performance

Foundations of Race, Intimacy, and Consent for BIPOC

Mental Health First Aid (Certified 6/2023) and Staging Sex: Kissing

*Available for conversations about  assisting Theatrical Intimacy Coordinators, Choreographers, Directors, and more. Contact me!


The Martin, Chicago, November 12th, 2023

DIRTY LAUNDRY the film is an intimate virtual performance from Stewart Owen Dance and Gina Cornejo, that premiered on February 12, 2022. Featuring choreography from Stewart Owen Dance and original autobiographical writing from Gina Cornejo, this cringeworthy-yet-charming film brings together seven artists to enchant viewers. As an  invitation to open dialogue and passionately unearth gritty topics that are often buried, The Martin will host an evening featuring live immersive storytelling by Gina Cornejo, DIRTY LAUNDRY the film and a post show Q&A. Witness Cornejo as she unapologetically discloses the irreverent unraveling of her marriage and divorce on her path to her Queer reclamation. Time to air the dirty laundry, Chicago!

Sunday, November 12th. Doors at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. 



Asheville Fringe Festival, 2023!

"As a proud Queer Americana Peruana, I chose to venture far beyond polite storytelling. . . DIRTY LAUNDRY is a genre-bending performance aiming to unearth gritty topics that are often left buried." Marriage, divorce, dating, and Queer reclamation are unapolegetically disclosed in this irreverent unraveling performance. Fresh iterations continue to be imagined and will be revealed EXCLUSIVELY at 

Asheville Fringe Festival! 

March 24 + March 26 at The Bebe Theatre

SHOUTOUT TO THE COLLABORATORS and CHAMPIONS OF "DIRTY LAUNDRY" || Stewart Owen Dance, Gavin Stewart, Vanessa Owen, Josh Finck, Michael Lowery, Megan Jones Medford, Janice Lancaster, Wortham Arts. @dirtylaundry_avl

Mental Health & The Modern World

Join us for "Mental Health & the Modern World" on Thursday, October 5th, at 6 pm, hosted at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB. Explore the crucial topic of mental health in today's world, with a focus on its impact in the wake of the 2020 pandemic.

Our event features prominent local Milwaukee artists and influencers who advocate for mental health through their respective fields and share their "Call to Action" for the community. Cornejo will be screening her 9 minute film "Atmosphere," which features her autobiographical writing and performance. She is featured in the film with collaborators Stewart Owen Dance (husband and wife dancers and choreographers, Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen) and Michael-Jamar Jean Francois (Asheville-based film filmmaker).

@GENISX.MKE @marn_arts @ginawilltravel

The Overlook with Matt Peiken 

In our continuing audio residency with Story Parlor, this week's episode spotlights the West Asheville venue's Story/Arts Residency program. Past artists-in-residence Gina Cornejo and Meta Commerse share a bit about their experiences, along with what they created for their residencies. 

April 13, 2023. Story Parlor Residency, Gina Cornejo and Meta Commerse. Episode 34.

Instagram: AVLoverlook | Facebook: AVLoverlook | Twitter: AVLoverlook

Creative Mornings  |  Asheville, NC

Through prose and lyric poetry, Gina Cornejo, xavia-margrith miles, and de’Angelo DIA explore the manifestation of corruption and embodied existence. THEME: Corruption.

March 31, 2023 Citizen Vinyl  |  8:30AM 

#creativemornings #creativemorningsasheville

Additional information: @asheville_cm

Community Sponsors: @unc_asheville @counterculturecoffee @horseandhero @thebigcrafty @jenbenmedia @blueridgepublicradio @avltoday



FEBRUARY 15 || Salvage Station || 6pm DOORS, 7pm SHOW

WITH JOHN MEDESKI & FRIENDS, OTEIL BURBRIDGE, VERNON REID, BRIAN JACKSON, DJ LOGIC, JEFF SIPE, & MAGGIE ROSE. Featuring three original spoken word + poetry pieces from GINA CORNEJO immersed within an atmospheric musical accompaniment.

Story Mixer: HOMELAND at Story Parlor    January 20, 2023    Original story + music

Doors at 7pm | Show at 7:30pm - SOLD OUT SHOW

DIRTY LAUNDRY || project + progression || 2020-2022


The Mezzanine Podcast, with Cass Herrington (Citizen Vinyl in Asheville, North Carolina, 2/28/22)

"On today’s show, we’re going to meet a writer and performer who’s not afraid to touch topics that most of us would find too embarrassing or uncomfortable.

In fact, she says, it’s those themes that allow us to discover deep truths about ourselves.

Her name is Gina Cornejo, and her latest work is called “Dirty Laundry.” Because, that’s what it is – personal stories that she wants to air out publicly. She shares intimate details about relationships, marriage, and her personal journey with divorce.

The show was supposed to premiere in January at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, but the Omicron variant forced them to cancel. Instead, Gina and her collaborators with Stewart Owen Dance decided to film the piece and stream it online through the month of February. We’re going to talk to Gina about the stories that make up “Dirty Laundry” – then we’ll go further back to meet someone from her past who still joins her on stage." 


Featuring choreography from Stewart/Owen Dance and original autobiographical writing from Gina Cornejo, this cringeworthy yet charming film brings together seven artists to enchant viewers. Both an invitation to open dialogue and an offering of solidarity, DIRTY LAUNDRY the film passionately unearths gritty topics that are often buried. 

Note: This performance uses explicit language describing adult situations. 


Stewart/Owen Dance and Gina Cornejo’s performance of DIRTY LAUNDRY is made possible by the generous support of private donors and Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. 


Story Parlor Story/Arts Residency feat. Artist-in-Residence: Gina Cornejo

July 2022, Story/Arts Residency COMPLETED

Thursday, July 14 / Thursday, July 21 /  Thursday, July 28 (SOLD OUT)

Gina Cornejo presents: “Dirty Laundry”

Cornejo is the first artist to recieve the Story/Arts Residency, selected by Erin Hallagan Clare, that will now be a staple of the curriculum and growth of Story Parlor, located in Asheville, North Carolina, inviting in creatives of all artistic and collaborative mediums. Story/Arts residency program champions BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and individuals from other historically marginalized groups by providing a platform for their work, an artist stipend, coaching opportunities, community support, and more.

DIRTY LAUNDRY is an intimate, autobiographical, and immersive performance written by Gina Cornejo and in collaboration with Stewart/Owen Dance. The creation of fresh iterations of DIRTY LAUNDRY continue to be imagined and will be revealed exclusively at Story Parlor. Guests will be immersed within projected multimedia of DIRTY LAUNDRY the film and live cringeworthy-yet-charming spoken word from Gina, as she unapologetically discloses the irreverent unraveling of her marriage and divorce. This genre-bending performance aims to unearth gritty topics that are often left buried, and is both an invitation to open dialogue and an offering of solidarity.

Note: This performance uses explicit language describing adult situations.

Recommended for ages 16+.


@ginawilltravel + @stewartowendance + @half_state + @storyparloravl

2020 - 2022  mixed media



December 18, 2022 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

For the last 20 years, this beloved local holiday tradition has ushered in the winter season with a world-class display of folk, drawing in more fans each year. This season, Solstice welcomes a charismatic mix of new and returning artists to perform a seasonal variety show of Celtic, American-roots and world-influenced music — a multifaceted reflection of Appalachian heritage to spread wholesome holiday cheer. The 2022 line-up welcomes back Robin Bullock, Josh Goforth, Natalya Weinstein & John Miller as Zoe & Cloyd, Phil Jamison, E.J. Jones, and host Doug Orr. New to the celebration this season are storyteller Becky Stone and writer and singer Gina Cornejo and music collaborator MAR.

First Draft Resident Artist 

Gina Cornejo

REVOLVE - Asheville, NC 

"we are a contemporary art space that revolves around our community for our community"

September & October 2021   @revolveavl   @seether_bookstore

when sugar was sugar was sugar 

Written & Performed by Gina Cornejo

First Draft Residence Artist

Sugar-rimmed and deviously detailed, Gina Cornejo, has crafted an intimate evening of 9 autobiographical tales of her examinations within the matrix of modern misogyny.

when sugar was sugar was sugar” navigates the theme of eroded innocence of a once pure sweet tooth for love, freedom, trust, and respect. Elements of power play dynamics, heart-focused hierarchy, manipulation, and prismatic misogyny are sprinkled throughout the stories you will hear. 

Candy is dandy but best consumed in moderation. There are intentionally more stories than time allotted for proper digestion. Therefore, each evening the audience will be given permission to collectively select the order in which to witness the show. 

During her First Draft Residency, Cornejo became meticulous in formulating her vividly honest and flawed identity surrounding her nearly 40 years of male dominated relationships. “when sugar was sugar was sugar” serves as an over arching theme of the collective patriarchal relationships we are actively seeking relationships within in hopes to sever ourselves from old narratives and cultivate newness in being our unbound selves.

Within this tender sweetness of self-reclamation Cornejo has - finally, proudly - given herself permission to identify as Queer and she/her + they/them.

*with the sweet comes the sour: this event contains adult content as well as complimentary candy

"Bewitched, Bothered and BewilderedWortham's Community Engagement Director, Jared McEntire, recorded a series of personalized songs to celebrate those who collectively pledged a challenge gift to support the end-of-year campaign. This rendition of "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered," is performed by Asheville-based performing artist, writer, singer Gina Cornejo, with accompaniment by Jared McEntire.

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Music and lyrics by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers

 (from the musical, Pal Joey).

Recorded in the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2020.

"I Say A Little Prayer/Breathe" Mash-up rendition for the Season Preview 2021-22 at Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Spanish and English vocals are performed by Asheville-based performing artist, writer, singer Gina Cornejo, with acoustic guitar accompaniment by Jared McEntire.

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Original song "Breathe" by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 (from the musical, In The Heights).

"I Say A Little Prayer" song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David,

 sung by Dionne Warwick, 1966.

Recorded in the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2021.

Stewart/Owen Dance presents a timely, brand new performance experience.

Six local dance artists and four local writers team up to share moments of isolation and inter-connectedness that take viewers everywhere from the stage to the courtyard.


Still: Life is a beautiful and poignant journey of dance and spoken word vignettes set in five out-of-the-ordinary performance locations within the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts facility. Audiences travel with a guide in small, physically distanced groups to experience each point of the performance exhibit.


Still: Life, presented at the Diana Wortham Center, 2020.

Original writing and performance by Gina Cornejo, titled "Atmosphere," featured in Still: Life.

Performance collaboration with Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen.

Stewart/Owen Dance 2020 Season 

. . .y más

Credentialed peregrina along the Camino de Santiago, The Way of Saint James, in Spain and Portugal.

Camino Frances, 2014

Camino Portugues, 2015

Camino Finisterre, 2017

Camino San Salvador, 2018 well as varied days hiking along the Camino Primitivo and Camino Norte.

"El Camino de Santiago, in English “The Way of Saint James,” is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder lie. The Camino has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for well over 1,000 years, and there is evidence of a pre-Christian route as well. Throughout the medieval period it was one of the three most important Christian pilgrimages undertaken. Indeed, it was only these pilgrimages—to Jerusalem, to Rome, and to Santiago de Compostela—which could result in a plenary indulgence, which frees a person from the penance due for sins." American Pilgrims on the Camino website

Previous travels include: Peru, France, Spain, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Portugal, and 25+ US States.


Currently seeking a trusted agent/agency, publication for my writing, and creatives who desire collaboration. 

Contact me for further conversation.