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April 13, 2017

Leslie Phinney Celebrates 35 Years Of “People First Design”

Leslie Phinney ‘79 is the Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Phinney Bischoff, an integrated brand strategy and design firm with offices in Seattle, WA, and Sun Valley, ID. Throughout its 35-year history, Phinney Bischoff has had the privilege to work with many beloved Seattle brands, including BECU, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Symphony, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Woodland Park Zoo.

Her name is familiar for a reason: Leslie Phinney is the great-great-grandniece of real estate pione...

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March 14, 2017

Jobaris Casts Her Spell At On The Boards

Jessica Jobaris '97 and her collaborative collective General Magic use dance and theater as a quest into the human condition. Her work nurtures risk, mystery, absurdity, sensation of the body, and emancipation through imagination.

Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 1997, Jessica Jobaris has been choreographing a...

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March 3, 2017

Silas James Selected For USITT Gateway Program

A recent graduate (December, 2016) Silas James has been selected to participate in the 2017 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. This is the second year in a row that a Cornish College of the Arts Performance Production student has been selected for this honor.

Silas James will attend the USITT 57th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis, MO March 8 -...

March 1, 2017

Alumni In The News - March

She studied art at Cornish but Colleen Atwood has gone on to become one of Hollywood's best known costume designers, receiving her fourth Oscar in 2017. Several other Cornish artists and designers were in the news in late February and March.

Ria Brodell '02 has a show opening March 3 at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, Ria Bro...

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February 22, 2017

Sale’s Theater Career Focuses On Teamwork

In 2016, Cornish College of the Arts’ graduate Courtney Sale was selected as the artistic director of Seattle Children’s Theatre, which was named one of the top five children’s theatres in the country in 2012.

Now halfway through her first season as artistic director of Seattle Children’s Theatre, Courtney...

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February 2, 2017

Alumni In The News - February

Lots of alumni success to report from New York City as well as shows closer to home.

Julia Sirna-Frest '05 is getting a lot of notice for her work in the title role in Porto&n...

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January 24, 2017

Recent Grad Boehlke Brings It For Velocity Challenge

Another Cornish grad on a fast track, Renee Boehlke, fresh from receiving her BFA in Dance, wins a Velocity Bridge Project Creative Residency. Projects begin Thursday, January 26.

Well, that didn’t take long. Renee Boehlke ’16 graduated in May. With the ink barely dry on...

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January 9, 2017

Alumni in the News - January

Cornish alumni have been busy: producing art, furthering their academic careers, making the world a better place, and winning awards. Find out where a Cornish education has taken them.

Design grad Grace Reyer '16  who also studied film at Cornish, wrote Film+Media Chair ...

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January 4, 2017

Veronica Lee-Baik and Company Reconstruct “Giselle”

Alumna Veronica Lee-Baik '98 covers much exciting new ground with her company, The Three Yells. On January 6-7, it's "Giselle Deconstruct." An appreciation of multiple disciplines and the ease of collaboration has kept her close to Cornish.

The photos are haunting: dancers crouching beneath clear plastic bins or encased in hoops, moving th...

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December 13, 2016

Music Graduate Reports On Life After Cornish

Jason McCauley was a well-known figure in Cornish’s administrative offices. His beautiful playing of the classics and his own compositions on the six-foot Steinway grand in the vestibule was the soundtrack to our work for several years. A graduate of the Music Department, McCauley has taken his BM and gone an exciting and unexpected direction: graduate study for a master’s degree in liberal studies at venerable, rigorous St. John’s College of Annapolis and Santa Fe. He plans to continue on to a doctorate. McCauley’s study is a vibrant reminder that Cornish teaches not just the arts, but the liberal arts.

From Jason McCauley, Class of 2016: I started at St. John's College right after graduation, in t...

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December 1, 2016

Huey Stars In Front of Hometown Crowd

Cornish College of the Arts graduate Diana Huey stars in the current production of Disney's Little Mermaid at the 5th Avenue Theatre. In 2017, The 5th Avenue’s spectacular new production will go on to play engagements in Orlando, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Louisville, among other cities. But for Huey, one of the real charms of this casting was the opportunity to return to Seattle.

When Diana Huey ’08 received the call to audition for Disney’s Little Mermaid, she could think o...

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October 14, 2016

Don Darryl Rivera Comes Back To Cornish

Today, a special guest appeared in numerous theater classes. Broadway performer Don Darryl Rivera ’06 is back in Seattle for the 5th Avenue Theatre’s season opener, Man of La Mancha. Following opening night, he visited campus for the day to talk about forging a career as an actor and about appearing on Broadway in Disney's Aladdin.

When Don Darryl Rivera ’06 arrived at Cornish College of the Arts today, he visited numerous Theat...

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August 22, 2016

Senior Thesis on Lives of Artists of Color Goes Public

Raisins in a Glass of Milk, the result of 40 interviews with people of color, comes to the stage of the Cornish Playhouse’s Alhadeff Studio at Seattle Center. Don't miss the limited run at the Alhadeff Studio, August 25 to 27.

Three recent alumni, Maya Burton ’16, Alexandria Chipman ’16, and Sherif Amin '16 turned their s...

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July 10, 2016

The Woodwinds of Change: Music Grads Out in the World

Graduated from 2009 to 2015, here is a progress report on five impressive woodwind-playing alumni of the Cornish's Music Department.

Cornish has graduated any number of artists in the performing and visual arts. It’s a great pleasu...

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July 1, 2016

Mary Lambert Sings Out For #HereIAm

Cornish graduate Mary Lambert ’11 has won awards for her music and for her social activism. Now she’s part of J.C. Penney’s #HereIAm campaign for body positivity.

Singer Mary Lambert turns her music into a powerful tool for speaking out about the issues that conc...

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June 20, 2016

Research in London Highlights Alumna Bonnie Bird

The trail of the rediscovery of prominent alumna and head of dance Bonnie Bird '27-30 leads to the institution to which she dedicated the last portion of her career, Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Trinity Laban houses the Bonnie Bird Theatre and its archive is the home of the Bonnie Bird Collection.

by Maximilian Bocek It is the world's largest purpose-built contemporary dance center and dance sc...

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March 1, 2016

Women’s History Month at Cornish Offers Diverse Fare

Cornish's Inclusivity and Diversity Committee is sponsoring a number of events, and a series of posters, in celebration and reflection upon the contributions of women to art and society for March, Women’s History Month.

It’s hard to think of a place where it’s as natural and easy to celebrate Women’s History Mon...

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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...