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Lyall Bush Named Film+Media Program Leader for Cornish College of the Arts

SEATTLE, WA – Lyall Bush was named Program Leader of Film+Media at Cornish College of the Arts this summer.  From 2008 to 2015, Bush was executive director of Northwest Film Forum, which screens more than 200 independently made and classic films annually. Under Bush’s leadership, Northwest Film Forum offered a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages as well as supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

An active writer, editor, teacher, and producer, Bush has written personal essays, feature essays, and reviews for a variety of publications, including The Iowa Review, Film Comment, MovieMaker, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and Cinema Studies Journal. His writing has been featured on the National Public Radio station KUOW 94.9 and at Seattle’s music and arts festival Bumbershoot. His book and film recommendations were a regular feature on Art Zone, hosted by Nancy Guppy. In 2006, he was selected by The Stranger as “One to Watch” in its annual Genius awards. Bush has taught film and film history for two decades and is the executive producer of What She’s Having, a show about food. He also served as an executive director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

More about Cornish College of the Arts

Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Film+Media, 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 recently added a 20-story residence hall called Cornish Commons. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department are located there. Cornish also owns the historic Kerry Hall built in the 1920s in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, 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 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 adjacent Marlene and Kenny Alhadeff Studio Theater (formerly known as the Cornish Playhouse Studio) serve as the home for academic programs and student productions as well as serving nearly 40 nonprofits annually.