Cornish College of the Arts

  • Other Unions:SSDC; IATSE;
  • Founded: 1914
  • Admin: 206-726-5074
  • Tickets: 206-726-5176
  • Main email
  • non-profit organization

1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA   98121
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle , WA   98121

TPS Member Discount: $10 ticket for all shows produced by Cornish Theater and Performance Production Department. Must show TPS card at box office. Please note that many of our shows are free!


The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators.

Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.


Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in the performing and visual arts and a Bachelor of Music degree, multiple public programs, and extension courses. 

The College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who have followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. There are more than 200 performances and exhibitions on campus every year, and most of these events are open to the public.

Cornish currently operates four performance venues: the Cornish Playhouse and the Alhadeff Studio at the Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center), the Skinner Theater at Raisbeck Hall (South Lake Union), and PONCHO at Kerry Hall (Capitol Hill). When not in use by our students, these venues are available for rent to by artistic organizations and other nonprofits.

For more information on current events, see

For information on renting space at Cornish, see our External Rentals page.


  • Marketing Director - Natasha Dworkin
  • Chair of Performance Production - Denise Martel
  • Theater Department Coordinator - Samantha Vale
  • Producer - Shawn Belyea
  • External Rentals Manager - Andrew Murray
  • Director of Creative Spaces and Event Services - Pinky Estell
  • Chair of Theater - Richard E.T. White

Umbrella Memberships

Associate Memberships

  • Rosemary Jones- Marketing Manager
  • Tours: No
  • Performer compensation:
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  • Internships offered: no
  • Accept script submissions:
  • Classes: adults; teens;

Member in:

2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 
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