Corey Bradberry

is an award-winning stage director and producer committed to clear, efficient, and compelling storytelling. An Atlanta native, Corey relocated to Chicago in 2018 to continue a career in the arts armed with a well-rounded background in directing, producing, dramaturgy, performance, playwriting, stage management, and arts education.


Dr. Z (Brock Kercher) with the Wilson Device in Murder! at The Strand II: Dark Matters (2019).

Elizabeth Proctor (Hayley Beasley) on a makeshift stand in The Crucible (2017).

Charlotte Brown (Tracy Vaden Moore) examining a jar’s contents in The Girl From 2A (2011).

Most recently…

Corey has been busy producing and directing Three Stories Up // Theatre in the Dark (2019), a noir mystery set entirely in the dark; and beginning work with Second City’s Advanced Directing program. Earlier this year, Corey received a commission from the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre to write, direct, and co-produce Murder! at The Strand II: Dark Matters (2019), an “interactive interdimensional murder-mystery” which placed the audience squarely in the role of Detective. Previously Corey received similar commissions from the historic art deco theatre to co-create Murder! at The Strand (2018), an 'immersive theatrical whodunit' involving twenty-two actors and all four floors of the Strand's beautiful art deco interior. The initial production of Murder! was so successful the Strand commissioned a remount only two months later.

During his three years as a graduate student at University of Southern Mississippi, Corey helmed mainstage USM productions including a thesis production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, as well as smaller studio productions and department projects. During this same period of time Corey was twice an invited guest at the nation’s prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; first, as a 2015 SDC National Directing Fellow through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre National Festival, and then as an invited participant for its 2016 Summer Directing Intensive. On the academic front Corey took First Place (Arts & Humanities) for his dramaturgical presentation for Moby Dick Rehearsed in the 2016 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium, and received both the 2016 USM Emerging Artist Award and the 2017 USM Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Theatre) from the College of Arts & Letters.

Prior to graduate school, Corey was Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Collective Project Inc., a small professional ensemble dedicated to new play creation. Over five years the company successfully produced almost a dozen new plays (including both devised and scripted work) and helped cultivate Atlanta’s reputation as a growing arts hub through its successful partnering with midtown’s Goat Farm Arts Center. For his energy in new play development, Corey was awarded the 2013 Emerging Artist Award from the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Corey has held teaching positions with University of Southern Mississippi, Kennesaw State University, the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Children's Theatre, and the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre. He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC).


Master of Fine Arts, Directing (Theatre)--University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre & Performance Studies (Performance Concentration)--Kennesaw State University

Additional Training

Second City Training Center (Chicago), Alliance Theatre, Kennedy Center M.F.A. Playwright's Workshop, Kennedy Center Summer Directing Intensive, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Festival, & Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Corey (top L) with the cast and crew of  The Crucible  at University of Southern Mississippi (2017).

Corey (top L) with the cast and crew of The Crucible at University of Southern Mississippi (2017).