Alumni Entertain At Chihuly Garden and Glass

Lady Rizo. Photo: Keven Kauer.

Alumni Entertain At Chihuly Garden and Glass

For the 2017 Scholarship Gala, the entertainment will be provided by Cornish College of the Arts’ alumni Lady Rizo ’99 and Amy O’Neal ’99.

Cornish’s 2017 Scholarship Gala at Chihuly Garden and Glass is set to be a glittering affair with the help of the college’s talented alumni.

Grammy Award-winning chanteuse Lady Rizo will perform for the dinner guests. The popular cabaret artist will appear in the 2018 Sydney Festival, has headlined at Teatro Zinzanni, and sings at several New York hotspots including Joe’s Café, the cabaret space of The Public Theater. The New York Times noted that Lady Rizo is “a formidable belter who can sustain phrases and notes even when sprawled on her back on a piano and scissoring her legs.” Graduating with a BFA in Theater ’99, Lady Rizo notes the college’s famed clown class were “the seeds that started” her current entertainment persona.

Also performing during the dinner will be Cornish alumna Amy O’Neal. A sought-after artist, choreographer, and teacher, O’Neal works internationally choreographing for stage, commercials, dance films, and music videos. A frequent performer at Seattle’s On The Boards, O’Neal is a longtime collaborator with renaissance man and former Cornish student Reggie Watts.

Seattle Children’s Theatre Artistic Director Courtney Sale ’01 will speak to the guests on the importance of college scholarships and her own experiences at Cornish.

The dinner will be followed for the first time by an After Party. The award-winning DJ, Chong the Nomad (Alda Agustiano ’17), will keep everyone dancing. Tickets for the After Party only are still available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Other alumni and student talent helping with the Gala include photographers Vannessa Blea ’16, Winnie Westergard ’07, and Marilee Kimball ’00 (321 Foto photobooth); musicians Martin Budde ’20 and Dominic Lecouturier ’19, filmmaker Violet Ruvola ’17, artist Reilly Donovan ’07, designer Caitlin O’Bryant ’18, and Theater’s Matthew Synthadone ’18.