writer, performer, singer, dancer, pilgrim


COMING SOON: DIRTY LAUNDRY January 21-23 & 28-30

Tickets on sale now!

Wortham Center For The Performing Arts

Ashevillve, North Carolina

DIRTY LAUNDRY, contains, and is based upon, original autobiographical writing by Gina Cornejo.

Elaboration and production on Cornejo's original script/concept, as well as original choreography, soundscape and film editing is produced by the acclaimed Stewart Owen Dance.

This trio of collaborators have been in creation of DIRTY LAUNDRY since October 2020.

"We are thrilled to announce our newest -- and most ambitious -- production to date. This coming January, DIRTY LAUNDRY, will premiere at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Buckle up everyone, this immersive performance surrounds audiences on all sides with live dance, projected multimedia and cringeworthy-yet-charming spoken word from our dear collaborator Gina Cornejo as she unapologetically discloses the irreverent unraveling of her marriage and divorce.

Over the next few months Gina, Vanessa and Gavin have the honor and privilege to be in residence at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts developing this production and specifically tailoring it to the Tina McGuire Theatre."

Gina Cornejo, Gavin Stewart, Vanessa Owen @dirtylaundry_avl

Presenter and storyteller workshop leader,

with Teatro Luna West at Hotel Maya, California.

#WEALLGROW Latina Network Summit, 2019

Gina Cornejo

Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gina Cornejo, is the daughter of a Peruvian mariachi singer and a professional jazz dancer. She is a writer, solo performance artist, dancer, singer, choreographer, voice over artist and credentialed 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-wininng 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 emsemble 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: 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."

Cultivating honest, raw expression and healing through writing and performance, her original piece "Atmosphere," was recently 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.

Currently, Gina Cornejo currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. She is currently the September & October 2021 First Draft Residence Artist at REVOLVE and will performing her original show "when sugar was sugar was sugar" live October 20-24 & October 27-31.

Cast of "Still: Life" backstage at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2020.

First Draft Resident Artist

Gina Cornejo

REVOLVE - Asheville, NC

September & October 2021

Gina Cornejo also serves on the Board of Revolve,

under the leadership of Director, Lex Turnbull.

For more: // @revolveavl // @seether_bookstore

when sugar was sugar was sugar

Written & Performed by Gina Cornejo

Gina Cornejo (she/they)

Writer, Solo Performer, Storyteller, Actor

First Draft Residence Artist at Revolve

September & October 2021

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) given herself permission to identify as Queer and she/they.

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


Written + conceived by

Gina Cornejo

in collaboration with

Stewart Owen Dance

JANUARY 21, 22, 23

& 28, 29, 30


Tina McGuire Theatre

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

This immersive multimedia dance and spoken word installation is in collaboration with the awe inspiring WNC-based choreographers/dancers Stewart Owen Dance. Audiences will be surrounded on all sides by art installation, film, soundscapes and live performance. Experience exposed truth telling and tediously detailed personal accounts that showcase the cyclical nature and evolution of marriage. This inventive multimedia time capsule is based off of the original and autobiographical writing of Ms. Cornejo.

"Black Balloon" written by Gina Cornejo Photo credit: Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart
Dirty Laundry written + concieved by Gina CornejoPhoto credit: Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart

Recent Projects

"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" Wortham'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, dancer 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.

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Back on stage, July 2021

Gina Cornejo & Jared McEntire performing their new collaboration of "Say A Little Prayer/Breathe" at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts season preview party. July 21 and 28, 2021. Asheville, North Carolina.

Photo credit: Studio Misha

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

"Atmosphere" Film Teaser COMING SOON!

Filmed in Asheville, North Carolina, February 2021. New collaboration with Stewart/Owen Dance (Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen: collaborative directors, producers, choreographers, featured dancers), Michael-Jamar Jean Francois (collaborative director, videographer, editor), and Gina Cornejo (writer of "Atmosphere," performer, collaborative director).

Body of Work

Talking While Female and Other Dangerous Acts

"When She Passes," by Gina Cornejo:

writer, original story and concept.

Featured on Audible, 2019.

"When She Passes," recalls a tragic, yet tender, turning point that occurred while in Spain and Portugal, when hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, The Way of St. James. "Talking While Female and Other Dangerous Acts" created by Teatro Luna West. Download on @audible to show support for original stories written by Latinx, and women of color artists!

A XMAS Cuento Remix

Choreographer + Actor


"Ms. Jefferson"


An original Rolling World Premiere musical (with the National New Play Network), “A XMAS Cuento Remix,” performed at Milagro Theater in Portland.

November-December 2019

Still: Life

"Atmosphere" by Gina Cornejo:

writer, original story, concept and performance.

Performed in collaboration with Stewart/Owen Dance.

November, 2020, live performance at Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

Virtual performance of Still: Life available by donation.


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