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Anne Derieux Joins Cornish College of the Arts as Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Seattle, WA – Anne Derieux was named Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Cornish College of the Arts this month. Well-known in the Seattle arts scene, Derieux was a principal dancer of Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced from 1992 to 2000. After leaving from PNB, she became the executive director of Evergreen City Ballet and, later, the executive director of Spectrum Dance Theater. Most recently she served as the director of advancement for the French American School of the Puget Sound.

“We are delighted to have Anne Derieux join Cornish College of the Arts,” said interim President Chris Kevorkian. “She brings to our campus her understanding of sustaining a career in the arts as well as her deep appreciation for the impact of education and her expertise in helping young people achieve their dreams.”

Born in Versailles, France, Derieux studied at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Paris and was a principal soloist at Les Ballets de Monte Carlo prior to joining PNB.

More About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts provides 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.

Located in Seattle, Washington, Cornish College of the Arts offers BFA programs in art, dance, design, film, interior architecture, performance production, and theater as well as a BMU in music. The Dance Department, founded in 1916/17, is the oldest continuining dance department in the United States. Among its many distinguished alumni are Bonnie Bird, Merce Cunningham, Ezra Dickenson, Syvilla Forte, Robert Joffery, Amy O'Neal, Louise Soelberg, Dana Shapiro, and Kate Wallic