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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

Even in the current circumstance of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Cornish recognizes the value and importance the arts have for our community. We believe that it is important to continue this program more than ever before and are excited to offer support for physical space and virtual sharing for the 2021 residency!

 “In times of war, famine, plague, or economic depression, the arts glow brightest. Never yielding, but evolving to a new renaissance” 

 – Pinky Estell M.F.A.

Director of Creative Spaces & Event Services

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Cornish Arts Incubator Residency

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications Accepted: Starting June 7, 2021
Applications Due: July 23, 2021 | 5 p.m.
Announcement: August 2, 2021
Duration: September – November 2021 (in four, two-week blocks)

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. Four groups will be selected to participate in a two-week residency. They will receive free rental space at the Alhadeff Studio Theater 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
  • Access to tools and limited time in the woodshop space
  • Equipment to record for the virtual sharing
  • Online platform for sharing to the public
  • Studio Space Drawing PDF


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

COVID-based guidelines

  • Cornish has a dedicated webpage for our COVID-19 Pandemic procedures.
  • Due to the current circumstances, we will have a cap of 5 artists as part of any one group. It must be the same set of artists for all dates.
  • Daily health checks for all artists coming into the building.
  • Cloth masks must be worn at all times while in Alhadeff
  • Adjustments to these guidelines will depend on the state and College updates to guidelines.

2020 Application Form

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