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Cornish College of the Arts to Award Honorary Degrees to Susan and Clayton Corzatte and John Frame

April 23, 2009

SEATTLE, WA – Theater artists Susan & Clayton Corzatte, and visual artist John Frame, have been selected to receive Honorary Degrees from Cornish College of the Arts.  The degrees will be presented at the Cornish Commencement Ceremony on May 11, 2009 at 1pm at Benaroya Hall.  The lively ceremony will feature guest speaker Eric Liu, professor and author of Guiding Lights: How to Mentor - and Find Life’s Purpose.

Faculty Excellence Awards will be presented to Wade Madsen (Dance Department), Rob Zwiebel (Design Department), and Roberta Russell (Performance Production Department).

Cornish College of the Arts
2009 Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 11, 1 pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street


Susan and Clayton Corzatte met at the Cleveland Play House in 1955 while performing in a production of The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.  They were married on May 31, 1957 and have two children.  Both Susan and Clayton have performed in numerous theaters across the country, and we have had the good fortune in Seattle of seeing them at A.C.T., Intiman, the Seattle Rep, New City Theater, The Bathhouse, The Village Theater, and the 5th Avenue Theater, to name just a few.

Susan Corzatte’s career in theater spans numerous roles ranging from Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond, Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals, Mrs. Tarleton in Misalliance, Ann in The Cocktail Hour, Sheila in Joe Egg, and Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she also played a variety of roles. Mrs. Corzatte has worked extensively in the mental health field using role playing as an experiential learning tool to train mental health professionals, and is the subject of Dr. Hugh James Lurie’s paper The Actress As A Mental Health Teacher.
Clayton Corzatte’s career spans numerous roles including Charles Surface in The School For Scandal for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, the title role in The Show Off with Helen Hayes, Firs in The Cherry Orchard with Uta Hagen, Konstantin in The Seagull with Nancy Marchand and Rosemary Harris, for which he won an Obie award, Mosca in Volpone, and George in Of Mice and Men.  Mr. Corzatte was an actor in the opening season of the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre playing a variety of roles including Kulygin in The Three Sisters, and in the 1990’s was seen in numerous roles at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival including Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal.
Susan and Clayton taught and co-headed the acting program at Cornish College of the Arts for twelve years, contributing significantly to the development of Theater at the College. In 2000 Clayton and Susan Corzatte were honored with the Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award. 

John Frame is a sculptor whose work has been exhibited extensively in the United States as well as in Europe, Japan and China.  A major survey of the artist’s work was held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1992.  In 2005 the Long Beach Museum of Art organized a retrospective exhibition covering a twenty-five year period of the artist’s work.  He has twice been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and received the Young Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  He was also awarded the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Individual Artist Fellowship. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Orange County Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Renwick Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.  There are more than three hundred public and private collections in which his work may be found.  Frame has been artist in residence, visiting artist or guest lecturer at more than fifty museums, universities and art related institutions around the United States.  He has also taught at the University of California at Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and at the Claremont Graduate School.  In April 1995 John Frame was a guest artist at Cornish, engaging in hands-on presentations with a public lecture/slide presentation at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. John returns to Cornish as a guest artist on May 8th with a senior studio visit and a lecture presentation of his work. John’s studio is currently located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California.

Eric Liu is the author of Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month.  He is the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race, and he edited the Norton anthology Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation.  His most recent book, co-authored with Nick Hanauer, is The True Patriot, which calls on progressives to reclaim patriotism.  He is now at work on a forthcoming book, in partnership with the Lincoln Center Institute, on how to cultivate imagination.  Eric served as speechwriter for President Clinton in the first term and as White House deputy domestic policy advisor in the second. He’s been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.  In 2002 Eric was named by the World Economic Forum as one of the 100 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow.”  He lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs and hosts an acclaimed television interview program called Seattle Voices.  In addition to organizing the annual Guiding Lights Weekend, Eric speaks regularly at conferences, corporations and campuses around the country.  He serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including the Washington State Board of Education, the Seattle Public Library, Demos, and the League of Education Voters.

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