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The Cornish Theater Department’s mission is to help you develop your own creative voice within the broad and embracing art form that is the theater, and to actively connect your work with the world around you. The Theater Department’s educational tracks will ground you in a fundamental understanding of acting technique that will be of use to you whether your goals are in regional theatre, television, film, improvisation or multi-disciplinary experimental work.

Our intent is to present a range of possible techniques to fill the theater artist’s “toolbox” while encouraging you to develop a vision of yourself as an independent artist with a unique voice and a clear process for approaching your work. We want you to graduate as a creative entrepreneur whose work is grounded in a dynamic relationship to the history of the craft and the conditions of the world around you. As a Cornish Theater graduate you should be physically and vocally flexible and dynamic, critically astute and articulate, and possessed of a wide variety of techniques applicable to a range of theatrical styles. In addition, you should be able to work effectively within a group for a goal larger than yourself, and to to present yourself and your personal aesthetic with clarity and confidence.

The Cornish Theater Department will provide you with an education centered on an emotionally and physically healthy and challenging approach to the art of theater which:

  • values and fosters both personal and professional growth,
  • places an equal emphasis on technical/performance education and intellectual/creative development,
  • provides a bridge between the department and the Seattle and national professional theatre community, taking full advantage of the extended educational opportunities available, and
  • provides opportunities for students and faculty to engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.

Through its emphasis on professional preparation and whole-person education, the Theatre Department supports the Cornish College of the Arts mission to prepare students to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. The department’s focus on personal development and professional breadth enables you to apply your creative skills and knowledge in a wide array of settings.

Richard E.T. White
Theater Department Chair