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Denise Martel Named Chair of Performance Production at Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Moira Scott Payne announced today the appointment of Denise Martel as Chair of Performance Production. Martel most recently worked as associate production manager of Seattle Children’s Theatre. She also was a festival producer and associate producer at Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA. 

"I am delighted to have Denise take this position," said Scott Payne. “She brings Cornish a wealth of real world and academic experience, something that has always been important to our Performance Production department.”

Martel was a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, a faculty technical director at Stanford University, and a faculty technical director at San Francisco State University.  While in Austin, she served as the resident stage manager for the American Repertory Ensemble, a contemporary ballet company.  She holds an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Illinois and a BA in Fine Arts/Drama from St Michael’s College, Colchester, VT.

Professors Ron Erickson and Greg Carter have served as interim co-chairs of the Performance Production Department this semester. Former Chair of Performance Production Dave Tosti-Lane retired in December 2014.

"Greg and Ron made this a seamless transition," said Scott Payne, “and all the Performance Production faculty, staff, and students gave us great feedback during the search about how they wanted to see this department develop under Denise’s leadership in the coming years.” 

Performance Production will be welcoming their new Chair as well as toasting graduating seniors and retiring members of the department during their senior portfolio review and traditional “Mothers’ Tea” on April 29 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.