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Greg Carter and Ron Erickson Named Interim Co-chairs of Performance Production

Cornish College of the Arts Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Moira Scott Payne announced the appointment of Ron Erickson and Greg Carter as interim co-chairs of the Performance Production Department following the retirement of long-time Cornish professor and chair of Performance Production Dave Tosti-Lane in December 2014. 

"I am pleased to have Greg and Ron in this shared position," said Scott Payne, "and am confident their leadership will serve the department and college well."

Associate professor Greg Carter is the founding artistic director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Strawshop), where he has directed Our Town, This Land: Woody Guthrie, Inherit the Wind, Gutenberg! The Musical!, and An Enemy of the People.  Strawshop won the 2007 Stranger Genius Award for an Arts Organization, and was nominated in four consecutive years for the TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Production between 2010-13. Carter is the former production manager at Book-It Repertory Theatre and he has designed scenery for productions on the stages of Seattle Rep, ACT, Intiman Theatre, and On the Boards.  He also has designed for Portland Center Stage, Seattle Symphony, and Cornish. 

At  Cornish, Carter teaches classes in stage management, scenic design, and scenic construction. He has served as the lead contract negotiator for the Cornish Federation of Teachers since 2003 and served as president of the faculty Senate Executive Committee in 2013-14. 

Erickson  is currently Head of Wardrobe at Seattle Opera and has designed costumes and scenery for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Intiman Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Spectrum Dance, Book-It Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Taproot Theatre, and Strawberry Theater Workshop, among others. He has taught at Cornish College for more than 30 years and is a founding faculty member of the Performance Production Department, where he is a professor and the area head of costume design. Erickson has received three Excellence in Teaching Awards at Cornish College. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Washington.

More about Cornish College of the Arts

Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the  Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The College’s main campus is located at  South Lake Union, where it is currently adding a 20-story residence hall that will open in August 2015. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department are located there. The Cornish also owns the historic Kerry Hall built in the 1920s, where dancer Martha Graham, composer John Cage, and Northwest painter Mark Tobey all instructed students. This building continues to serve today as the home of the music and dance departments and houses the PONCHO Concert Hall.

At the Seattle Center, Cornish now  operates the Cornish Playhouse, built for the 1962 World’s Fair and originally the home of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Intiman Theatre. Today the Cornish Playhouse and the Cornish Playhouse Studio serve as the home for academic programs and student productions as well as serving more than 30 nonprofits annually.