Cora graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramático. Today the Escuela Nacional de Artes Teatrales -ENAT- from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City where she studied with Héctor Mendoza, José Solé, Carlos Ancira, Soledad Ruiz, profesora Otero, Emilio Carballido, Sergio Magaña, Fernando Wagner and Alejandro Jodoroswky, among others. She has worked under the direction of Julio Castillo, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan José Gurrola, Alice Wilson, Abraham Oceransky and Eduardo Ruiz Saviñón. She studied an acting and directing program at the Escuela Internacional de Teatro Latino-Americano in Germany, under the guidance of Osvaldo Dragún. In Germany she studied stage direction and acting with Ricardo Bartiz from Argentina. Cardona's studies also include children's theatre while being part of Interactors, a company led by Alice Wilson from Zachary Scott Theater Center in Austin Texas.
Cora has represented Dallas and Mexico with her directorial work at many International Festivals in various cities of Latin American and Europe.
She taught acting at Centro Cultural Chalco in Mexico, and Teatro Dallas. Workshops at the Universidad Central de Ecuador in Quito, La Universidad Cantábrica in Santander, Spain, and La Universidad Tecnológica de Barquisimeto in Venezuela; ENAT in Mexico City.
Cora has also been recognized by the Dallas Theater Critics as “Best Director,” various times.
Among others, she received the Best director Award from the Dallas Observer for: “The Incredible and Sad Story of Candid Eréndira and her Souless Grandmother” by García Márquez, “Best Festival Play” at Actúa at the Festival Scénes Hispaniques Contemporaines” in Strasbourg, France, The Master Mind Award” by the Dallas Observer. -Dallas Texas- Best promoter of Mexican Theatre in the USA, by La Asociación de Críticos de México. She Produced and started in the documentary film “Frida Kahlo A Ribbon Around A Bomb.
The documentary film was screened nationally in various movie theaters. It was the Critic’s choice of the Kabuki Movie Theatre in San Francisco, California.
“Frida Kahlo A Ribbon Around A Bomb by Abraham Oceransky directed by Ken Mandel, cinematography, Jeff Hurst; a film distributed nationally by Roxy releasing in wich Cardona revives the volcanic depths of Frida’s tortured personality, reveling pain as well as astonished strength.” - Caryn James, New York Times-
Contributions: She developed many professional Mexican-American (Chicanos) Mexican, Afro-American, and Anglo-American artists who have created their own theatre companies, or are working professionally in the entertaining industries of Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City. Ms. Cardona, with the support of Jesse Tafalla, Jeff Hurst, Bárbara Renaud-González and many other Dallas activists, was able to advocate for the construction of the Dallas’ Latino Cultural Center.
She has participated in films, television programs and series as well as commercials.