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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 

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.

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Talyor Bednarz

Talyor Bednarz

Alumni Admissions representative

Program responsible for: Visual Arts, Art, Design, Film, Interior Architecture 

Hometown: Kenmore, WA

School attended and degree earned: Cornish College of the Arts, BFA

Favorite thing about Cornish:

It's a creative community that is always moving forward and innovating.

Most memorable experience in Seattle:

The first time at the Seattle Symphony

Best place to eat in Seattle:

Dicks Drive In

Tips for applicants:

Be the artist you've dreamt of being your whole life. 

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Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson

Alumni Admissions representative

Program responsible for: Dance 

Hometown: Tigard, OR

School attended and degree earned: Cornish College of the Arts, BFA in Dance

Favorite thing about Cornish:

My favorite thing about Cornish has to be the endless resources that all students have access to, if you're inspired and want to go outside the lines with any assignment or project, you have your faculty and peers to support you and I find that very gratifying and unique to most programs.

Most memorable experience in Seattle:

My most memorable experience would have to be my first dance performance I saw when moving to Seattle. Choreographer and dancer Babette Delafayette Pendleton produced this amazing work that included sculpture through the human body, I had never seen dance like that before. I am now graduated and dancing for her.

Best place to eat in Seattle:

Wedgwood Thai, Joe Bar, Plum Bistro, Honey Hole, any genre, Seattle has it!

Tips for applicants:

If you're wanting to be IMMERSED in your art and want to expand your knowledge in other art forms, this is the place for you. If you're wanting to be in a rigorous program that could potentially mean an 8am-10pm school day and a part time job on the side, this is the place for you. If you want to be surrounded by the most unique and creative people in the city every single day for 4 years, this is the place for you. If you want it bad enough, it will happen and your career will be VAST! Trust the universe!

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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!

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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.

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Karyn Tobin

Karyn Tobin

Alumni Admissions representative

Program responsible for: Dance 

Hometown: Tenino, WA

School attended and degree earned: Cornish College of the Arts, BFA in Dance

Favorite thing about Cornish:

Inclusivity and support of risk.

Most memorable experience in Seattle:

Martha Graham company at Meany Hall and Batsheva Repo at Cornish Dance Theater.

Best place to eat in Seattle:

Thaiger Room in the U-District

Tips for applicants:

Don't be afraid to be your true self and to let yourself be seen.

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Samantha White

Samantha White

Alumni Admissions representative

Program responsible for: Theater 

Hometown: Eugene, OR

School attended and degree earned: Cornish College of the Arts, BFA in Theater

Favorite thing about Cornish:

The Supportive environment. Faculty will go above and beyond for you, and even when you're feeling overwhelmed, you're never left behind or lost.

Most memorable experience in Seattle:

A brilliant production of Yale's "Servant of Two Masters" at the Seattle Rep. I laughed until I couldn't breathe.

Best place to eat in Seattle:

Brunch: Portage Bay
Pizza: Roccos
Pho: Local Pho
Cheap burgers: Dicks

Tips for applicants:

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

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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.

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