Stephanie J. Block and Brian Yorkey Headline Cornish’s Next Century Gala

Seattle, WA – Musical theater star Stephanie J. Block and acclaimed director Brian Yorkey will headline Cornish College of the Arts’ Next Century Gala on November 13, 2015, at The Four Seasons Hotel.

Block is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked as well as originating the role in the First National Tour for which she won numerous awards including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She also received both the 2013 Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Roundabout Theatre's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

American playwright, lyricist, and theatre director Brian Yorkey developed his musical Next to Normal with composer Tom Kitt at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington. The play received both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for its portrayal of a family dealing with mental illness. Yorkey began his musical career as a KidStage student at Village Theatre and served as their associate artistic director there. Most recently, he returned to the Northwest to direct Cabaret.

In addition to a special performance by Block and remarks by Yorkey, the audience will enjoy performances by Cornish students. This black-tie dinner event celebrates Cornish’s next century of artistic innovation. The College first opened its doors as the Cornish School of Music in Seattle on Nov. 14, 1914.

More information about the Next Century Gala can be found at The proceeds of this event will benefit student scholarships.

More about Cornish College of the Arts

Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Film+Media, Performance Production, and Theater as well as a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For more information, please visit: