Cornish News

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February 11, 2016

2016 B.F.A. Dance Concerts Showcase Cornish’s Emerging Dance Talent

Cornish's Dance Department enters its 100th year and the first event is a showcase of student talent. The seniors of 2016 worked with distinguished dance alumni and local luminaries to create their own works or perform solos in works created for them. Although event entry is free, patrons are encouraged to pay-what-you-can to support future dance scholarships.

The 2016 BFA Dance Concerts on February 20 and 27 showcase the choreography and performance wor...

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February 10, 2016

The Three Yells: Her Name Is Isaac

Aided by a Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency, Veronica Lee-Baik brings her finished multidisciplinary piece back to campus. At a time when people are tweeting #AskHerMore, Lee-Baik tackles gender and pay equity through a distinctly Asian lens. Blending modern technology with modern dance, she creates a thought-provoking work guaranteed to spark interesting discussions afterward.

The Three Yells: Her Name Is Isaac returns to Cornish this week. This multidisciplinary dance work d...

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February 7, 2016

StuART Kicks Off Cornish Presents’ Spring Season

Cornish Presents' spring season brings master musicians and multidisciplinary programs to campus. Many programs provide students with additional opportunities to perform with major artists in their field.

Cornish College of the Arts’ visiting and resident artists series “Cornish Presents” opened it...

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February 5, 2016

Kronos Quartet Residency Begins This Month

As previously announced, the Kronos Quartet will be in Seattle from February 20 to 24. They will lead a two-day interdisciplinary residency with Cornish students that extends well outside of the music department.

Cornish students from all departments will have an opportunity to interact with the famed Kronos Qua...

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February 4, 2016

Performance Production Senior Shelby Choo Receives USITT Award

Cornish senior Shelby Choo has been selected to participated in the 2016 USITT Gateway Program. This program and the USITT Diversity Initiative are committed to expanding diversity within the performing arts by focusing on mentorships for designers, technicians, and managers.

Cornish senior Shelby Choo will attend the USITT 56th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in March as...

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February 3, 2016

Midday Music Concerts Build Community At Cornish

“The Midday Concerts are an excellent opportunity for music students to experience each other’s work and for building a sense of community within our department. But it’s also a good chance for students from ADFM, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production to hear what their peers in music are working on outside their discipline" - Tom Baker

Each semester, the Music Department of Cornish College of the Arts hosts a variety of free concerts...

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January 22, 2016

Cornish Mourns Teacher, Composer, Bern Herbolsheimer

Bern Herbolsheimer was top composer in the Northwest whose work was heard all over the world; a Cornish legend is gone at the age of 67.

​ A new recording with a number of Cornish connections, American Dreams, just came out a few month...

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January 13, 2016

The College Opens its Doors to the City with Spring at Cornish

Cornish moves to radically extend its non-undergraduate extension program with Spring at Cornish: the spring schedule of courses is a step towards synching up a year-round education for all ages with its degree programs.

​Not everyone can immerse themselves in the high-energy, high-density life of a full-time Cornish...

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January 5, 2016

Cornish’s Impact on Visual and Performing Arts Explored

The centennial of Cornish's founding continues to be a cause for celebration. With "Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Centennial Tribute to Nellie Cornish and Cornish College of the Arts," the brand new Cascadia Art Museum will be bringing together an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts from the early years of the College.

​Cornish's centennial year has just concluded at the College, but at Cascadia Art Museum, things a...

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December 18, 2015

Prof Timothy McCuen Piggee on “Golden, A Cabaret”

A theater student studying dramaturgy, Leah Webster '16 has spent this fall interviewing the directors for Cornish News. “Golden, A Cabaret” co-conceived and directed by professor Timothy McCuen Piggee, is open now and plays through December 18.

By Leah Erickson Webster This week I spoke with Timothy McKuen Piggee, award-winning actor, dir...

December 12, 2015

Cornish Launches Its Own Version of Wild Kate

Theater student Leah Webster '16 has spent this fall interviewing the directors for Cornish News. In Wild Kate, a production that opened this week, the director and students helped shaped a Seattle premiere, adding music and "in sync" swaying to a high seas adventure.

Wild Kate opens with the line:“Call me Isabel.” Then the audience is asked to board the Good Shi...

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December 11, 2015

Decking The Stages With Cornish Alumni

Every year, the Seattle theaters fill up in December with longer runs and bigger casts as Northwest families give the gift of experiences for the holidays. Going out for a show is tradition for many in December, with productions like ACT's A Christmas Carol now entering a fourth decade. As always, that means plenty of chances to catch Cornish graduates in action.

Holiday season means an explosion of shows throughout Seattle and nearby stages. As noted by Theater...

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December 8, 2015

Ellen Forney, Master of the Intimate, goes BIG

Cornish faculty member Ellen Forney has become well known for her comic book masterpiece of personal revelation, Marbles; now she’s made the jump to large-scale public art.

​Of the public spaces in Seattle, the new light rail station on Capitol Hill is perhaps the most p...

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December 4, 2015

President Uscher Announces She Will Leave In July 2016

The Cornish community learned yesterday that Dr. Nancy J. Uscher will not seek to renew her contract when it ends in July 2016. Dr. Uscher announced her decision yesterday to allow for an orderly transition. During her five years at Cornish, Dr. Uscher has overseen the building of Cornish Commons, the establishment of the film/media program, the beginning of online courses, and several more projects intended to last well into Cornish's second century.

President Nancy J. Uscher announced to faculty, staff, and students yesterday that she will leave he...

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November 24, 2015

Paul D. Miller Premieres “Peace Symphony” at Cornish

Beloved by his fans as DJ Spooky, Paul D. Miller brings the world premiere of a serious new work to the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center December 4 for one night only, "Peace Symphony," a ground-breaking piece that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

​by Tom Baker, Chair, Music Department ​​Paul D. Miller has carved himself an important nic...

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November 20, 2015

Desdemona Chiang Talks About Directing at Cornish

"(Anon)ymous" opens plays through November 22 at Raisbeck Performance Hall — Naomi Iizuka's adaptation of "The Odyssey" appears under the direction of Cornish directing instructor Desdemona Chiang. Senior Leah Webster caught up with her as the play finished tech rehearsals.

Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department’s fall season has been focused on contemporary adap...

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November 18, 2015

Cornish’s Second Century Starts With Worldwide Classes

Cornish’s second century began with the college’s first massive online open course hitting a top ten list in November. The same week, the college offered its first music master class via Google Hangouts, bringing composter/pianist Yitzhak Yedid in Australia together with students at PONCHO in Kerry Hall.

As Cornish began its second century this month, two of its global offerings let people around the wo...

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November 17, 2015

Cornish’s Next Century Gala Launches Next 100 Years

Cornish's Next Century Gala raised more than $500,000 for scholarships. Tony Award and Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Brian Yorkey talked about the importance of education and the arts. Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Stephanie Block seranaded the guests. And Cornish students showed their stuff throughout the evening, from a photo montage of recent art shows to award-winning film to live performances.

Cornish's centennial year ended with the event, marking a time to focus the College on the its next...

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November 12, 2015

15/16 Arts Incubator Residencies Begin with Kusanagi’s Durational Art

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency facilitates the risk taking of the allied arts. This year, the first residency was completed by Cornish dance student Julia (JuJu) Kusanagi '16 in October.

The Arts Incubator residencies at the Cornish Playhouse began last year as part of the facility’s...

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November 10, 2015

Fever One Energized By Cornish Students

After a class of rocking, breaking, and popping, Cornish dance students Drew Lewis and Julia Sloane sat down with hip-hop teacher and legend Fever One to discuss how he got his start in Seattle.

By Drew Lewis '18 and Julia Sloane '16 A Seattle native, Fever One grew up in the 70s around West...

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November 4, 2015

Solis’ “Quixote” Journeys to the Playhouse

Octavio Solis' stage adaptation of the Cervantes' masterpiece, "Quixote: Book One" opens at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center November 6; for the playwright, one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America, it is a very "hands on" experience of script development.

​Octavio Solis is relaxed and in fine humor in the lobby of his hotel, which is strategically plac...

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October 27, 2015

Jungalbook - Observing an Evening at Cornish

"Jungalbook" is opening at Cornish on October 28; Cornish News asked its research assistant, dramaturgy senior Leah Erickson Webster, to write about the play's rehearsal and interview its director, Rhonda J. Soikowski.

by Leah Erickson Webster '16 Jungalbook is the next production up at Cornish, opening Wednesday, O...

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October 27, 2015

Broadway Stars Headline Cornish’s Next Century Gala

Two Broadway stars help Cornish kick off its next 100 years of educating artists, innovators, and citizens. The Next Century Gala wraps up a year of centennial celebrations with a look forward.

Musical theater star Stephanie J. Block and acclaimed playwright/director Brian Yorkey will headline...

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October 26, 2015

Interdisciplinary “Nightmare”  at Cornish

Students for Interdepartmental Collaborative Events fulfill an old dream with “Nightmare Gallery” at the Main Campus Center October 26-31, an interdisciplinary Halloween celebration.

​Eerie, creepy sounds are filling the 6th and 7th floors of Cornish’s Main Campus Center. It’s...

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October 20, 2015

Cornish Faculty Lead Sessions at Arts Schools Network

The Arts Schools Network's educators want to know how to prepare their middle school and high school students to transition into college and careers in the arts. Cornish faculty lead a number of sessions, including a "Curriculum Dating," at the organization's national convention in Seattle.

Teaching students for a career in the arts that won’t start until 2021 or later informed many of t...

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October 19, 2015

Arts Schools Network Conference Held At Cornish

Arts Schools Network Conference takes place in the Northwest for the first time at Cornish College of the Arts. From October 21 to 23, educators and high school arts students will tour local schools and arts organizations as well as discuss how technology can enhance arts education across the board.

Arts Schools Network's 2015 Conference focuses on how arts educators can use technology in their cla...

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October 16, 2015

College And University Colleagues Meet At Cornish

Cornish hosted the Washington Learning Communities Consortium on October 16. During the meeting, Cornish faculty presented on the college's newly revised integrative curriculum in the Visual Arts programs.

On Oct 16 2015, Cornish hosted nearly 40 colleagues from Washington state's colleges and univer...

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October 15, 2015

Cornish’s Fall Theater Season Brings Playwrights To Campus

A fall season full of original works, many by Northwest playwrights, means that Cornish's theater and performance production students have opportunities to work with these artists during rehearsals.

Cornish College of the Arts’ fall theater season emphasizes works by contemporary playwrights and...

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October 2, 2015

Coming to Cornish: Jean-Baptiste Barrière On Music and Visual Art

Music Chair Tom Baker interviews Jean-Baptiste Barrière on his visit to Cornish, where he will both to perform with Camilla Hoitenga at PONCHO in the Cornish Presents series and hold workshops with students and the public.

French composer and sound designer Jean-Baptiste Barrière is known for incorporating the visual art...

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September 30, 2015

Timothy McCuen Piggee Receives Theatre Puget Sound’s Sustained Achievement Award

Cornish theater faculty Timothy McCuen Piggee finishes a year of honors with acknowledgment of his many contributions to Seattle theater at the annual Gregory Awards.

Cornish faculty member Timothy McCuen Piggee will receive the Sustained Achievement Award from Theat...