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Cornish Selected to Move Forward on Seattle Center Playhouse Lease Negotiations

Cornish Selected to Move Forward on Seattle Center Playhouse Lease Negotiations

: Cornish at Seattle Center Playhouse. Photo by Chris Bennion.

The Seattle Center announced today that a subcommittee of the Seattle Center Advisory Commission has recommended that Seattle Center move forward in negotiations with Cornish College of the Arts to manage the Seattle Center Playhouse.

A Request for Proposals was issued in May for tenancy of the Seattle Center Playhouse.  The recommendation followed discussion with Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams, as well as a written evaluation of two proposals submitted in response to the RFP.

The recommendation comes at the end of a two-month review process in which the subcommittee evaluated two competing proposals, submitted by Theatre Puget Sound and Cornish, and met with each of the proposers to delve deeper into their plans for the performing arts venue.

In their press release, the Center announced:

“Two primary goals drove the evaluation process:  to secure a financially stable tenant that will effectively manage, operate and maintain the Playhouse facility; and to use the facility to support and foster the presentation of artistic and/or cultural activities in Seattle. In addition, the RFP established nine criteria by which the panel judged the proposals. The panel’s recommendation was based on these goals and criteria and consideration of public comments received.

“ “Theatre Puget Sound provides an invaluable service to the arts community, and while I honor their proposal and their long standing partnership with Seattle Center, I view the panel’s decision as a practical one, especially in light of the Center’s need to minimize financial risks,’ said Robert Nellams.

“The panel’s recommendation carries the process forward to lease negotiations between Cornish and Seattle Center. Once completed, the proposed lease will go to the Seattle City Council for consideration and approval.  Documents and information on the Seattle Center Playhouse RFP are located on the Seattle Center website.”


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