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Sharron H. Starling

Sharron Starling

Director of Admission

Program responsible for: International students, former Cornish students returning to complete their degrees, Art, Film & Media, Design, Music, Dance 

Hometown: Queens, NY

School attended and degree earned: Montana State University, BS Biomedical Sciences/Minor: Chemistry

Favorite thing about Cornish: The Students!

Most memorable experience in Seattle: When Merce Cunningham came to visit Cornish and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Cornish - presented by Mikhail Baryshnikov :) and the 100 Anniversary Gala

Best place to eat in Seattle: Dahlia Lounge

Tips for applicants: Be your true authentic self.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 206.726.5017


Tadd Morgan

Tadd Morgan

Admission Counselor

Program responsible for: Performance Production, Theater 

Hometown: Mercer Island, WA

School attended and degree earned: Bennington College, BA

Favorite thing about Cornish: Cornish is a place where tremendous artists come together to participate in the education of the next generation of creators and innovators. This is an incredibly rich artistic environment where anything is possible.

Most memorable experience in Seattle: Hanging precariously off a moving train onstage in 2015, playing to packed houses in the sweltering heat of Annex Theatre in the Summer of 2014, voicing a character for Nintendo's Mario Kart in 2013... and every time I get off a plane at SeaTac and smell the beautiful, clean air.

Best place to eat in Seattle:
Quick- Veggie Grill
Fine dining- Cafe Flora
Indian- Annapurna Cafe
Chinese- Bamboo Garden

Tips for applicants: We want to know who you are: as an artist, a scholar and a person.  Your essays, your audition/portfolio review, and your contact with us are all opportunities to show us your passion, dedication and integrity.  Be honest!  Be authentic!

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 206.315.5848


Vince Samudovsky

Vince Samudovsky

Admission Counselor

Program responsible for: Visual Arts​ students with last names M - Z​ 

Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL

School attended and degree earned: University of Washington, BFA

Favorite thing about Cornish:

The community and curriculum.

Most memorable experience in Seattle:

Too many to choose, so: when I realized Seattle felt like "home".

Best place to eat in Seattle:

Bizarro's--Order the Tiramisu with a shot of espresso.

Tips for applicants:

It's never too early to start preparing for college. Do not neglect building a strong relationship with your mentors and teachers. Challenge yourself daily to push your ideas and your craft. Lastly, inspiration truly is all around you, but never visits the lazy.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 206.206.726.5019


Lena Whittle

Lena Whittle

Admission Counselor

Program responsible for: ​Visual Arts students with last names A - L​ 

Hometown: Redmond, WA

School attended and degree earned: Cornish, BFA '12

Favorite thing about Cornish:

The freedom students have to collaborate, explore, and curate their experience as studying artists.

Most memorable experience in Seattle:

T​he Seahawks winning the SuperBowl was a pretty big deal​!

Best place to eat in Seattle:

Toulouse Petite, Ohana, Ezell's, Taco Time

Tips for applicants:

Take care of yourself. Be your own advocate. Never make a decision based on fear.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 206.(206) 726-5068