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Helpful Information for First Year and Incoming Transfer Students for 2014-2015

The following information will prove useful if you are a First Year incoming student or a Transfer Student to the Performance Production Department.  The information provided is suggested and can, and most likely will be updated by individual instructors during the first days of each class when individual syllabi are handed to students.  You also will not find information here regarding Humanities & Sciences classes and information on reading packets and/or supplemental reading material for individual classes.

TEXTBOOKS:  Information about textbooks requirements for Performance Production courses can be found on our new Amazon aStore Site. The link is you can also find a direct link to the aStore on our departmental web page under Curriculum.  Textbooks can also be purchased directly through other online vendors such as Barnes & Noble, Ad Libris or through second hand retailers such as Half Price Books, Abraxus, Third Place Books, etc.  Just be aware that newer editions are harder to find second hand and instructors will usually specify which editions are required or recommended in their syllabi.

Additional material may be posted prior to the start of the semester and should be provided by individual instructors in each of your syllabi.  Please be aware that it is expected that you purchase required texts listed on the aStore site prior to the first class meeting for each Performance Production course.

SUPPLIES:  This information is suggested materials and should be considered basic materials needed to begin your course of study as a student in the Performance Production Department.  Specific changes and modifications will be made clear by individual instructors during the first class days.  Students should hold off purchasing supplies until the instructor has gone over the list and specified when supplies will be needed for the respective courses.


Materials for Model Making, Painting, and Sketching

Model Making Supplies
Metal straight edge with cork backing (12” to 18”)                    
X-acto knife                              
X-acto # 11 blades   (100 pack is $20.00) 5 pack            
White glue, preferably Tacky glue, or White Elmer’s      
Glue brush, dissecting pick, or toothpicks              
Cutting Matts 12 X 18”: $12.50 18 X 24”:                  
Bristol Board 2 ply and 4 ply            
Spray Adhesive, high tack such as Scotch # 77, or Yes Paste      
Illustration Board 20 X 30”                
Graphite Transfer paper (Class Lab Fee will purchase)
Multi-media board
File folders and index cards
Emery boards or sand paper
Common pins
¼” Foam Core
Paint Supplies
Q-Tips for paint and glue
Matte Medium                    
Brushes (synthetic) for Watercolor and Acrylic (all water media)
    1 medium flat;  small, medium, large rounds. approx total      
Water Jar and mixing palette (possibly an ice cube tray)
Small sponge (optional)
Tooth brush (optional)
Paints:  watercolor, gouache, or acrylic: Roscoe Deep Iddings
    Scenic paint sample kits are available for $66.00 @ P.N.T.A.       

Drawing Supplies
Sketch Paper
Art gum Eraser

Collage Supplies
Spray Adhesive, Yes Paste, Glue Stick or Rubber Cement
Mounting Board such as Illustration Board
Scissors, or X-acto knife
Metal Straight edge with cork backing
                            TOTAL COST, APPROXIMATELY       $150.00

PRODUCTION LAB:  Students may be required to purchase the following tools
to participate in class (keep in mind, lab has no textbooks).  New students might be able to bring some of these items from home:

Eye protection
Wonder Bar
crescent wrench (8”)
claw hammer (16oz)
quick square
tape measure (25’)
utility knife
10” fabric scissors
gridded plastic ruler
hearing protection
vice grip pliers (any)

STUDENT COMPUTERS:  Although the Performance Production Department does not currently require students to have a lap top computer, the following information could be considered a good recommendation for a lap top should you be planning ahead.

For general information, please refer to the Design Department recommendations. For students who are leaning toward Sound Design, think in terms of the Motion Design requirements, while others think in terms of the Graphic Illustration requirements. Stage Management students can think in terms of minimum computers which can handle basic office type programs. Mac or PC is fine in any case (though all our sound students, and many of our other students lean toward Macintosh).

A White MacBook, or the 13” unibody MacBook Pro would be fine for almost everyone. Sound Design students and some Lighting Design students might want to think in terms of a MacBook Pro, though the inexpensive MacBook White actually works quite well for sound as well. On the PC side, any computer which is set up for gaming requirements will probably be fine for the most intensive requirements in any of the concentrations. Stage Managers would be fine with a Netbook or a bottom-line laptop in the $400-$600 range.  Students can purchase Apple products through the Cornish Apple Store link on the Cornish web site and receive a discount.

CORNISH PORTAL LINKS that will prove useful:

Pride and Prejudice

Raisbeck Performance Hall Fall 2011, directed by Jane Jones

Scenic Design by David Brack (Senior)
Costume Design by Sarah Nietfeld (Senior)
Lighting Design by Jeremiah Givers (Senior)
Sound Design by Theresa Ulrich (Senior)
Stage Managed by Anna Gustafson (Senior)

Photos by Dave Tosti-Lane


PONCHO Concert Hall Fall 2011, Directed by Andrew Russell

Scenic Design by Mdison DeGidio (Senior)
Costume Design by Gabrielle Strong (Junior)
Lighting Design by Gabrielle Strong (Junior)
Sound Design by Tristan Roberson (Junior)
Stage Management by Maria Manness (Senior)

Photos by Dave Tosti Lane

Cornish Dance Theater, Spring 2011

Broadway Performance Hall, Spring 2011

Costume Design by Ron Erickson (Costume Department Head) and Madison DeGidio (Junior)

The Fifth of July

Raisbeck Performance Hall February 2012, directed by Roger Bennington

Scenic Design by Kat Stromberger (Junior)
Costume Design by Madison DeGidio (Senior)
Lighting Design by Tristan Roberson (Junior)
Sound Design by Caitlin Tong (Junior)
Stage Management by Jeremiah Givers (‘11)

Kat Stromberger’s scenic drafting:

Act I sketch

Act II sketch

Ground Plan

Section View

Wall Elevation

Madison DeGidio’s Costume Renderings:

Shirley Talley, Act I

Gwen Landis, Act I

John Landis, Act I

The Old Maid and the Thief

PONCHO Concert Hall Spring 2011, Directed by Daniel Wilson

Scenic Design by David Brack (Junior)
Costume Design by Sarah Nietfeld (Junior)
Lighting Design by Michelle Takashima (Senior)
Stage Management by Gabrielle Strong (Sophomore)

Photos by Dave Tosti-Lane


Spring 2011 Broadway Performance Hall, directed by Paul Budraitis

Scenic Design by Montana Tippett (Senior)
Costume Design by Helena Girod-Sitzel (Senior)
Lighting Design by Joshua Tillman (Senior)
Sound Design by Heidi Hunt (Senior)
Stage Management by Jeremiah Givers (Senior)

Photos by Dave Tosti-Lane

Tom Thumb

Raisbeck Performance Hall Spring 2011, directed by R. Hamilton Wright

Scenic Design by Heidi Hunt (Senior)
Costume Design by Lindsey Pothan (Junior)
Lighting Design by Amber Hood (Junior)
Sound Design by Dave Tosti-Lane (Department Head, Sound Design Head)
Stage Management by Anna Gustafson (Junior)

Photos by Dave Tosti-Lane

Jason Sims wins 2012 Rising Star Award

Performance Production alum and scenic designer Jason Sims (‘05), who has recently earned his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, has been awarded Live Design Magazine and USITT’s 2012 Rising Star Award, which recognizes exceptional scenic, lighting, sound, and projection designers in the first four years of their professional career. The award will be presented on March 28 at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Long Beach, CA.

You can read the full story here.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Seattle Center Playhouse April 2012, directed by Rich Gray and Kathryn Van Meter

Scenic Design by J. Richard Smith (Department Coordinator, Adjunct Professor)
Costume Design by Mary Chisholm and Amie Ro (Seniors)
Lighting Design by Amber Hood (Senior)
Sound Design by James McKenna (Junior)
Stage Managed by Anna Gustafson (Senior)

Scenic design model in the light box:

Costume Renderings by Mary Chisholm and Amie Ro:

Helena Landless, by Amie Ro

Alice Nutting, by Amie Ro

Bazzard, by Amie Ro

The Chairman, by Mary Chisholm

Edwin Drood, by Mary Chisholm

Princess Puffer, by Mary Chisholm

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