Cornish Programs

Performance Production

Cornish College of the Arts is not accepting Fall 2021 applications for BFAs in Performance Production.

Performance Production student working on Costume Design in large studio with mannequins

What To Expect

in Performance Production

The Performance Production Department prepares Designers (Costume, Lighting, Scenic, and Sound) Stage Managers, and Technical Directors for a vibrant career.

Our department offers skill building instruction and hands-on experiential learning through participation in fully-realized productions.

Our faculty, all highly accomplished professionals in their respective disciplines, mentor each student throughout the student’s time. By sharing knowledge and experience from their own careers, faculty mentors help students explore career paths, set goals, develop contacts, and identify resources.

Learn more about our BFA degree requirements and review our model programs/advising worksheets below in Explore Your Major.

My education at Cornish gave me a wide range of experience that has proved invaluable in the professional theatre world … all the work I’ve gotten since graduating has been thanks to connections made while attending Cornish.Shelby Choo (PP ’16)


Explore Your Major


And, most importantly, I found my passion. I found the one thing in this world I was meant to do. The thing that energizes me, that forces me to keep a notebook next to my bed so I can write down the ideas that come all night instead of sleep.Kendra Lee (PP ’15), 2015 Commencement speaker



Watching us all grow and see the people we’ve become since that first day, I cannot feel more enthusiasm or pride in the whole of my body to see what we do in the world.Gabrielle Ray Strong (PP ’13)

Program Faculty + Administration

Performance Production

Denise Martel (preferred name, Geeg)

Department Chair
Performance Production

Melanie Burgess

Associate Professor of Costume Design
Performance Production

Matthew Smucker

Associate Professor of Scenic Design
Performance Production

Bret Torbeck

Assistant Professor of Stage Management
Performance Production

Jessica Christensen

Instructor of Scenic Painting | Paint & Stage Properties Supervisor
Performance Production

Tom Fallat

Instructor, Sound Design
Theater Majors | Performance Production

Christopher Goodson

Instructor, Theater History
Performance Production
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Peter Maradudin

Instructor of Lighting Design
Performance Production

Carl Bronsdon

Costume Shop Supervisor
Performance Production

Eric Koch

Assistant Professor of Technical Direction
Performance Production

Matthew McCarren

Scene Shop Supervisor

Faculty Emeriti | Performance Production

Karen Gjelsteen, Professor Emerita | 1980 – 2013
John Kendall Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Performance Production | 1989 – 2019


Program Information

Admissions Information

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