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We Are Cornish

#WeAreCornish is a photographic series documenting the lives and work of our students, faculty, and friends. Spearheaded in 2019 by Musical Theater student Winter Mallon (Class of 2022), these stories serve to illustrate the College’s commitment to artistry, citizenship, and innovation.

Get to know some of the talented members of our community by clicking through the gallery below.


 

✨#WeAreCornish✨ Hailey Robinson, pictured here ✨#WeAreCornish✨
Hailey Robinson, pictured here, is a second-year Theater major and stand-up comedian. We sat down with Robinson and learned about her experiences as a woman in theater.
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“I quit theater my sophomore year,” Robinson said. “My freshman year, I was in choir because of the unspoken rule in my high school: If you weren’t in choir, you didn’t get to be in the musical. That year, I got cut from the musical. I asked the choir teacher why I didn’t get in so I could improve and have a better chance of getting in my sophomore year. I wasn’t expecting her to say that they cut me because my boobs were too big. I wasn’t expecting a teacher to body-shame me, but that’s what I got. And the choir kids heard about it and added on to it and it got to the point where I was being shamed for the way that I looked all the time. So I quit choir. And if you’re not in choir, you can’t do musical theater. So I wasn’t in musical theater. The one show I did was High School Musical. I played the one role that didn’t sing, but I was thriving. I realized that I am funny and I can act, so here I am majoring in Straight Theater. Women can look however the fuck they want to look. I shouldn’t be body-shamed out of something I love. “
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Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
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Hailey Robinson, pictured here, is a second-year Theater major and stand-up comedian. We sat down with Robinson and learned about her experiences as a woman in theater.

“I quit theater my sophomore year,” Robinson said. “My freshman year, I was in choir because of the unspoken rule in my high school: If you weren’t in choir, you didn’t get to be in the musical. That year, I got cut from the musical. I asked the choir teacher why I didn’t get in so I could improve and have a better chance of getting in my sophomore year. I wasn’t expecting her to say that they cut me because my boobs were too big. I wasn’t expecting a teacher to body-shame me, but that’s what I got. And the choir kids heard about it and added on to it and it got to the point where I was being shamed for the way that I looked all the time. So I quit choir. And if you’re not in choir, you can’t do musical theater. So I wasn’t in musical theater. The one show I did was High School Musical. I played the one role that didn’t sing, but I was thriving. I realized that I am funny and I can act, so here I am majoring in Straight Theater. Women can look however the fuck they want to look. I shouldn’t be body-shamed out of something I love. “

Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator
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✨#WeAreCornish✨ Sam Vasquez, pictured here, is ✨#WeAreCornish✨
Sam Vasquez, pictured here, is a second-year Theater major who will be going into Cornish’s Original Works program next year. Vasquez decided to further her theater education after taking a class with a particularly impactful teacher in high school, though she hadn’t always been on the theater track. Before seriously doing theater, she became a circus performer and was recently working as a flying trapeze instructor and general circus coach at a circus school in Seattle. After graduation, Vasquez wants to stay in the Seattle area to practice both circus and theater.
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“Flying trapeze is so liberating and I feel this incredible sense of peace and joy when I do it. There’s always room to grow and things to be working on, which is really amazing and gives me a lot of fun goals to work towards. And teaching in that area is really fun for me. For theater, I love the intellectual side of it. And understanding the process of embodying other human stories through lines, how things connect and relate, and can impact others is really interesting to me.”
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Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
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Sam Vasquez, pictured here, is a second-year Theater major who will be going into Cornish’s Original Works program next year. Vasquez decided to further her theater education after taking a class with a particularly impactful teacher in high school, though she hadn’t always been on the theater track. Before seriously doing theater, she became a circus performer and was recently working as a flying trapeze instructor and general circus coach at a circus school in Seattle. After graduation, Vasquez wants to stay in the Seattle area to practice both circus and theater.

“Flying trapeze is so liberating and I feel this incredible sense of peace and joy when I do it. There’s always room to grow and things to be working on, which is really amazing and gives me a lot of fun goals to work towards. And teaching in that area is really fun for me. For theater, I love the intellectual side of it. And understanding the process of embodying other human stories through lines, how things connect and relate, and can impact others is really interesting to me.”

Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts
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✨#WeAreCornish✨ Rue Swart, a fourth-year Dance ✨#WeAreCornish✨
Rue Swart, a fourth-year Dance major, sat down with us at Kerry Hall to discuss her reasons for pursuing dance. Swart has been dancing for about fifteen years, though she wasn’t originally put on the path to become a dancer.
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“I started as a gymnast,” Swart said. “I was in a gymnastics program, but it closed down, so my mom put me into dance. I’ve been dancing since 2004, and that’s what I’m good at, so this was the only college I applied for. When they accepted me, I came here because I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, and I figured Seattle is a good start, so I’d start here. I like the area, I like the experiences I can get here. Last summer, I went down to Georgetown and took aerial art acrobatics classes to tap back into my gymnast background and it made me stronger in my dancing. It’s a lot of upper body strength, and that’s what I needed, that’s what I’d been missing in a lot of my dance career.”
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Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts

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Rue Swart, a fourth-year Dance major, sat down with us at Kerry Hall to discuss her reasons for pursuing dance. Swart has been dancing for about fifteen years, though she wasn’t originally put on the path to become a dancer.

“I started as a gymnast,” Swart said. “I was in a gymnastics program, but it closed down, so my mom put me into dance. I’ve been dancing since 2004, and that’s what I’m good at, so this was the only college I applied for. When they accepted me, I came here because I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, and I figured Seattle is a good start, so I’d start here. I like the area, I like the experiences I can get here. Last summer, I went down to Georgetown and took aerial art acrobatics classes to tap back into my gymnast background and it made me stronger in my dancing. It’s a lot of upper body strength, and that’s what I needed, that’s what I’d been missing in a lot of my dance career.”

Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts
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✨#WeAreCornish✨ We met up with Celeste Felshei ✨#WeAreCornish✨
We met up with Celeste Felsheim, also known by the alias King Sheim (@king.sheim), to learn more about her passion for music. Felsheim is a second-year Music major with a focus in Composition and a love for rock n’ roll. Almost two years ago, Felsheim created her current project, King Sheim, and has since been writing and arranging songs to be presented under this alias. Felsheim has an EP out on Spotify, Apple Music, and CdBaby, and will be releasing a second EP and touring Seattle in March.
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“I grew up with a really big appreciation of music before even knowing that I wanted to play it," Felsheim said. "I really just love all sorts of music and I eventually realized that I could do it, too. I have been a musician for ten years now. I started King Sheim the summer after high school, and it’s my everything. I want to learn everything about music and that’s what I’m trying to do. This has been my whole life and I can’t really imagine doing anything else.”
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Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts

✨#WeAreCornish✨
We met up with Celeste Felsheim, also known by the alias King Sheim (@king.sheim), to learn more about her passion for music. Felsheim is a second-year Music major with a focus in Composition and a love for rock n’ roll. Almost two years ago, Felsheim created her current project, King Sheim, and has since been writing and arranging songs to be presented under this alias. Felsheim has an EP out on Spotify, Apple Music, and CdBaby, and will be releasing a second EP and touring Seattle in March.

“I grew up with a really big appreciation of music before even knowing that I wanted to play it," Felsheim said. "I really just love all sorts of music and I eventually realized that I could do it, too. I have been a musician for ten years now. I started King Sheim the summer after high school, and it’s my everything. I want to learn everything about music and that’s what I’m trying to do. This has been my whole life and I can’t really imagine doing anything else.”

Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts
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✨#WeAreCornish✨ We heard Gabe Fitzpatrick, a s ✨#WeAreCornish✨
We heard Gabe Fitzpatrick, a second-year Musical Theater major, playing piano in the practice room on the first floor of the MCC. Fitzpatrick’s high school didn’t offer much in the realm of theater or music, so he decided to learn the piano on his own as a creative outlet. After graduation, Fitzpatrick wants to start acting professionally.
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“This is actually my third year of college," Fitzpatrick explained. "I went to Southern Oregon University for my first year because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do theater, but I was miserable my whole first year so I decided to just go for it. I auditioned for Cornish and got in. This is my second year now and I love it. It makes me happy; I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”
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Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts

✨#WeAreCornish✨
We heard Gabe Fitzpatrick, a second-year Musical Theater major, playing piano in the practice room on the first floor of the MCC. Fitzpatrick’s high school didn’t offer much in the realm of theater or music, so he decided to learn the piano on his own as a creative outlet. After graduation, Fitzpatrick wants to start acting professionally.

“This is actually my third year of college," Fitzpatrick explained. "I went to Southern Oregon University for my first year because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do theater, but I was miserable my whole first year so I decided to just go for it. I auditioned for Cornish and got in. This is my second year now and I love it. It makes me happy; I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”

Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts
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✨#WeAreCornish✨ Jason Senter, a second-year Mu ✨#WeAreCornish✨
Jason Senter, a second-year Musical Theater student, invited us to watch him practice the Duke of Buckingham's monologue from Richard III, by William Shakespeare. Senter has a very open idea of what art is and uses that belief to attend each class with an open mind and an open heart. After graduation, Senter wants to go “straight into the industry,” and plans on auditioning for theater companies in the Seattle area.
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“I really like the way that theater is presented live,” Senter said. “There’s something about being in a room with a bunch of strangers and watching a story, a story that’s different every night. That makes me love theater.”
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Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts

✨#WeAreCornish✨
Jason Senter, a second-year Musical Theater student, invited us to watch him practice the Duke of Buckingham's monologue from Richard III, by William Shakespeare. Senter has a very open idea of what art is and uses that belief to attend each class with an open mind and an open heart. After graduation, Senter wants to go “straight into the industry,” and plans on auditioning for theater companies in the Seattle area.

“I really like the way that theater is presented live,” Senter said. “There’s something about being in a room with a bunch of strangers and watching a story, a story that’s different every night. That makes me love theater.”

Entry by Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian)
Musical Theater, Class of 2022
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts
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✨One Minute!✨ Meet Winter Mallon (@winter8lill ✨One Minute!✨
Meet Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian), the bright, intrepid correspondent behind our #WeAreCornish✨ column. A second-year Musical Theater student, Mallon shuffles her time between a full course load of classes and an ongoing Work Study commitment with the Cornish Communications Office.
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Here, Mallon talks about the joys of documenting students' practices and the promise of unexpected discoveries.
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Let us know what you'd like to see on our Instagram feed via IG Message.
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts

✨One Minute!✨
Meet Winter Mallon (@winter8lillian), the bright, intrepid correspondent behind our #WeAreCornish✨ column. A second-year Musical Theater student, Mallon shuffles her time between a full course load of classes and an ongoing Work Study commitment with the Cornish Communications Office.

Here, Mallon talks about the joys of documenting students' practices and the promise of unexpected discoveries.

Let us know what you'd like to see on our Instagram feed via IG Message.
#seattlearts #artistcitizeninnovator #cornishcollegeofthearts
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