CoSA Communique

A Monthly Newsletter from Coronado School of the Arts

Welcome to Coronado School of the Arts -April 2021

Greetings CoSA Families!

It has been so wonderful to see so many of our students here on campus, making art, developing their skills, and just being with one another. I know this year has been challenging on so many levels, but the heart of CoSA just keeps beating.

April and May are both very busy months. Our spring productions and events are also all premiering over the next month. You can see a full schedule below.

Our film festival is continuing each Friday night this month. Even if you aren't able to join us, help push the word out to your friends and family. Everyone is welcome! Entrance is by donation, and every dollar donated goes to helping fund our program and the work we are doing.

Thank you for all of your continued support of the CoSA family!

Catherine Burling

Director, Coronado School of the Arts

April 2021

April 16 Foundation Film Festival: Singin' in the Rain

April 23 Foundation Film Festival: Into the Spiderverse

April 30 Foundation Film Festival: Labyrinth

May 2021

May 4 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day

May 7 MTD presents: REP Show

May 8 MTD presents: REP Show

May 14 MTD presents: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

May 14 Dance presents Spring Concert: cosa Screening on the CHS Quad

May 15 MTD presents: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

May 15 Dance presents Spring Concert: cosa Streaming on demand

May 16 to May 23 MTD presents: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

May 31 Memorial Day, Schools closed

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2021-22 Applications for new students due now!

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Classical & Contemporary Dance

CoSA Dance is in production on a new digital dance concert entitled cosa. Taking our cue from the Spanish word “cosa,” which translates to “thing” in English, faculty and student choreographers have created a program comprised of 17 dance films based on the objects in our lives that define us. Join us for a screening of the concert in the CHS Quad on May 14 for just $5. Bring your own seating. We'll be hanging out beginning at 7pm, and the concert will premiere at 8pm.

Gina Sorensen

CoSA Dance Director

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Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Game Design and Graphic Design)

Congrats to CoSA DigArts students Dominique and Isabella from Graphic Design and Paulo, Kailani, Rebekka, Sonoma from Design in New Media 1 for their group piece in the San Diego Museum of Art's Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet.

The virtual exhibition component, Young Art Outside the Frame maps, and Behind the Scenes exhibition video are now live!

The entire Young Art 2021 exhibition is viewable online here.

You can also visit the gallery at the SD Museum of Art in Balboa Park!

Anna Woerman

Digital Arts Instructor

Instrumental Music

CoSA Instrumental Music turned a major corner this week when we welcomed our Jazz Ensemble back to campus. It was their first in-person rehearsal since March 2020, and students were thrilled to reconnect and make music again. Brass ensemble will have their first on-campus practice next week, while Woodwinds will remain online for the time being. We plan to host an outdoor on-campus recital towards the end of the school year to celebrate our amazing musicians.

Matt Heinecke,

IM Conservatory Chair

Musical Theatre and Drama

Spring musical rehearsals are in full swing, filming will begin soon. The show will be released on demand May 14-23 on the CoSA website. See more details in the flyer below. We hope you will watch this entertaining show and support our talented students who need an audience now more than ever.

Rep Company students recently voted to pre-record their spring show. The spring REP Show will be streaming on demand beginning May 7 at More info coming soon.

Barbara Wolf,

MTD Conservatory Chair

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Theatre Production, Design and Management

The CoSA technical theatre students are wrapping up their set design unit by designing props, scenery, or backdrops for the musical Alice In Wonderland. Beginning with a scene breakdown, students made notes of the scenic requirements and plot summary, as well as what adjectives they thought would best describe each scene. Their props or scenery then reflected their analysis. Students also considered video projection elements to be part of their set design wherever they were most effective. In Stagecraft, students are working on backdrop renderings and props made from recycled materials. One purpose of these exercises is to add a layer of sustainability to show design, where items are reused and recycled. This concept was inspired by the proscenium arch that was created for the Broadway production of Peter and The Starcatcher. Many items in that set were found objects that were given a new purpose. For their backdrop renderings, students found an initial image or photograph online that they then translated into recycled materials. The Stagecraft students also created a ground plan of their house or bedroom. In this case, they followed the USITT drafting standards regarding walls, doors, and curtains, when drawing their ground plan.

Curtis Mueller,

Theatre Production, Design and Management Chair

Visual Art

This Month COSA Visual Arts would like to feature the work of 2nd Year Junior, Austin Lim. In his first ever mural, Austin was commissioned to work with St. Paul’s to develop a plan for a mural on site at St Paul's United Methodist Church. Austin worked with St. Paul’s to develop a clear vision for the large scale piece that will surely inspire Coronado residents. This was certainly a commendable task to take on during the COVID pandemic. We band together to celebrate Austin in his outstanding success. The Mural is visible outside of St. Paul’s located at 700 D Ave in Coronado. We encourage you to go take a peak. It is interactive, so stand in front of the piece, snap a picture for social media and get “your wings” to fly and inspire others with the delightful and colorful creation!

Karrie Jackson,

VA Conservatory Chair

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Faculty In Action

In this section we shamelessly brag about our amazing CoSA faculty and share creative pursuits in their respective industries.
Our own CoSA Instrumental Music Conservatory Chair and CUSD Music Director Matt Heinecke can be seen performing live on Saturdays at the Emerald C Gallery in Coronado. Upcoming performances on April 17 and 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM. More information here.

Alumni News

Congrats CoSA Alumnus DAKOTA RINGER

Meet Dakota Ringer | Singer, Musician, Actor and Songwriter.



Arts 4 Learning Teaching Artists Share Professional Experience

Followed by a Lesson in their Art Form for CMS, CHS & COSA Students



Wilfred Paloma is a Director and Choreographer as well as performer: actor, singer & dancer. In this video, Wilfred will discuss and showcase his life and practice as a professional performing artist and all-around creative. He will share reflections about his journey, and provide insight on how to develop a life and career that centers your passion. More about Wilfred: he is an Actor’s Equity member with a M.A. in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Theatre Performance: Acting and Musical Theatre. Wilfred is also a graduate of the Meisner and Chekhov Integrated Acting Studio (MCIT). Additionally, Wilfred owns a private Performing Arts studio in North Park (San Diego), CA. Check Wilfred out on Spotify and iTunes—The Things We Never Say featured on the track “Coronado Lights”. More info at

VIMEO DATE: Saturday, April 17



Artist Feature Series Schedule:

April 17th Week 1 Wilfred Paloma shares his experience in Theatre

April 24th Week 2 Whitney Wegman shares about Theatre Business

May 1st Week 3 Levi Kaplan shares his experience in Theatre

SPECIAL LIVE May 8th A Live Zoom Theatre Panel Discussion with Wilfred, Whitney and Kaplan with time for Q & A with students

Also May 8th Week 4 Recording Artist, Sharon DuBois will share about Music and Songwriting

May 15th Week 5 Leo Francisco with share about Inspiration, Visual Art, Hip-Hop Dance & Poetry

May 22nd Week 6 Deron Cohen will share his experience in exhibitions as a Visual Artist

May 29th Week 7 Jaami Waali will share about her Dance Company

June 5th Week 8 Claudia Lyra will share about Music, Capoeira and Storytelling in her career

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