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Performance Production

Students seeking a career in Lighting, Costume, Scenic, or Sound Design,  Stage Management, or Technical Direction are passionate about the work they want to do. The Performance Production Department at Cornish College of the Arts provides a unique environment for that student who is determined to pursue a career in the production elements of the performing arts. We are an independent department, not a wing of one of the other departments; decisions about curriculum and production issues are made by professionals in your own field.  We tailor the training program to your needs, whether your goal is to be a designer, stage manager, technician,  or artisan. In the classroom you will find an atmosphere open to curiosity, encouraging exploration to the limits of expression. Classroom work exposes you to the traditional tools of the trade: from perspective drafting to the techniques of pattern making, from basic electrical theory to the use of the computer in the sound studio. Beyond the classroom, you will be immediately engaged in the work of a busy production company, building and staffing seven main stage productions of the Dance, Music and Theater departments each year. Both in the classroom and in production, you will work with and learn from a faculty of accomplished designers and artists who are practicing professionals in the Pacific Northwest production community.

Throughout the four years, you will experience an emphasis on the notion of Performance Production as a uniquely collaborative experience. Working closely with the students of the Dance, Music, and Theater departments, you will discover that the sense of company and artistic cooperation are the essential tools to creating the art of production. Junior- and senior-level classes are designed to bring the students in each discipline together to work on common projects. They serve as a complement to the production experience, where you learn the value of the team effort in the most practical way. Throughout the four years, students are encouraged to enroll in classes in each of the other departments at Cornish, whether they be Life Drawing or Introduction to Sculpture, African Dance or Playwriting and Directing. Our position is that these experiences outside the confines of the department are a crucial part of your training as a competent production professional.

Seattle provides a unique backdrop for an arts education, with its wealth of professional theater and dance companies and its growing national reputation.  At Cornish and in the community, you will encounter performing arts of a quality not found in many other cities. The success of our students, both in professional arts organizations and in their graduate studies, speaks for the quality instruction you will receive and the education you will earn at Cornish.

Dave Tosti-Lane
Performance Production Department Chair

Performance Production