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The Cornish BFA in Performance Production is an independent program, not an offshoot of another department. Whether you want to be a stage manager, technical director, or designer, you’ll have one-on-one experiences with faculty who are working artists in Seattle’s theater community. This is hands-on production, where you create worlds, manipulate stage magic, and make the drama real.


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“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 ’16

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Cornish in the News

Cornish College reduces tuition 20 percent


​Corinne Wheeler was on the bus commuting to the Cornish College of Arts when she opened her email and got the news: her tuition would be 20 percent cheaper next year.

“I was like, oh my god,” she said. “I was in shock. I sent a screenshot to my parents ... and they were freaking out about it.”

Cornish is now among an increasing number of private colleges and liberal arts schools that aren’t just freezing their tuition rates, but reducing them all together.

Patterns of Power

Reed Magazine

​Reed University professor Chloe Chapin has designed for theater, opera, and dance. She has a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts, an MFA in Costume Design from the Yale School of Drama, and an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology. This article looks at how she teaches fashion at Reed.