I was surprised to see that, but Wikipedia agrees: she has an MFA from Cornell. She was born in 1960, so figure she'd have been there in the early 1980s. At that time, besides the main school year programs there was (may still be, I don't know) a very good repertory theater summer program directed by a guy from Playwrights Horizons in NYC. I played music for one of thier productions in the summer of 1982; that year, one of the members of the repertory was Jimmy Smits, headed for LA at the end of that summer, IIRC.
Nearby, Ithaca College also has very good theater and music programs, and in the 1970s the Cornell Savoyards used to have quite a few IC students in lead roles (and in the orchestra). IIRC David Boreanaz went to IC.