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About the Program

Cornish Arts Incubator

This residency aims to facilitate the risk-taking of the allied arts. The goal of this program is to support artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their genre, discipline, or comfort zone.

Statement from the Director

This marks our tenth anniversary of the Arts Incubator Program! It has been a thrill to watch this program grow and provide opportunities for local artists to experiment without the constraints of finishing. All too often we as artists get tied to a deadline or outcome, when sometimes all we need is space to explore ideas, and fail. Thanks to our past artists who lent us feedback we are excited to share that for our anniversary we will have three slots each four weeks long, marking our longest residency period ever!

– Pinky Estell M.F.A., Director of Operations & CSES

 “I think that if the playwright doesn’t reach the audience, then the evening has been wasted. And my notion of theater is maximum playwright to maximum audience. That is, not to maximum number of audience, but somehow to his maximum spirit, reaching as deep into him and moving and changing him in a way so that when he leaves the theater, he, he will be somehow different than when he comes.” 

William Ball, Founder of the American Conservatory Theatre

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Cornish Arts Incubator Residency

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications Accepted: Starting June 1, 2023
Applications Due: August 11, 2023 | 5 p.m.
Announcement: August 16, 2023

  1. September 17 – October 15, 2023
  2. October 16 – November 12, 2023
  3. November 13 – December 17, 2023 (Nov. 20-26 Dark for Thanksgiving)

The intention of Arts Incubator is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the program seeks to give artists time and space to incubate and begin to develop an idea, concept, or exploration. Three groups will be selected to participate in a four-week residency. They will receive free rental space at the Alhadeff Studio Theater and staff support to incubate new and exciting ideas.

Cornish Playhouse’s Public Benefit

The program is part of Cornish Playhouse’s public benefit to the Seattle community. The Arts Incubator Program is open to anyone over the age of 18, including professional and non-professional artists, teachers, ensembles and groups, students, Cornish community, and those outside the Cornish community. The artists must be Washington State residents.

Each artist group must have a minimum of two artists but no more than five artists. You may have as many remote virtual members of your team, in addition to the two to five in-person members.

What is provided as part of the program:

  • 5 days a week for 8 hours a day, of studio space in Alhadeff Studio Theater. With Tuesday and Thursday’s off
  • 1 stagehand support staff member
  • Access to the theatrical lighting and sound system
  • Studio Space Drawing PDF
  • Marketing support for the showings


Each team will undergo an orientation where Cornish will review the space, safety guidelines, access policy, and storage.

2023 Application Form

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