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About Us

Our Mission

Common Ground Theatre’s mission is “to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate, and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.” As the premier San Diego Black theatre, our aim is to produce high quality theatrical productions that provide a “common ground” for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to participate, interact, connect and share their love of theatre. As we continue the legacy of our founders and the late great Dr. Floyd Gaffney, we hope that you will support our endeavors.
 ~ Common Ground Theatre Board of Directors

Our EXECUTIVE Artistic director


Yolanda marie franklin

Executive Artistic Director

Yolanda Marie Franklin has been a professional actor for theatre and film for more than 20 years, and is currently serving as the Executive Artistic Director for the Common Ground Theatre. In addition to her work at CGT, she is also an on-going film acting coach at Community Actors Theatre in San Diego, CA, the co-writer of the One Woman Show, Ten Chain Links from Judge, and a motivational speaker and facilitator for churches, lawyers, and health care employees.

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