Biography

Ongoing:

October 2018. Directing and producing Acting/Directing Showcase of Daniel Glenn’s THE LAKES at Stage 773’s “The Cab”. (Oct 23 & 24 @ 8pm)


Download directing resume (PDF): Bradberry_Directing Resume_Web

Contact Corey or by email at corey@coreybradberry.com


Corey Bradberry is an award-winning, Chicago-based stage director committed to clear, efficient, and compelling storytelling. Corey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage directing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Bachelor of Arts C-Bradberry_webdegree from Kennesaw State University, and has trained at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Corey is also a seasoned producer, stage manager, performer, dramaturg, playwright, and arts educator. An Atlanta native, Corey recently moved to Chicago to join its bustling theatre community.

Most recently, Corey received a commission from Marietta’s Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre to write and direct Murder! at The Strand, an ‘immersive theatrical whodunit’ involving twenty-two actors and four floors of the Strand’s beautiful art deco interior. The initial production of Murder! was so successful the Strand commissioned a remount two months later.

Corey studied for three years at Southern Miss under Professor Louis Rackoff, former Artistic Director of North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and major USM directing projects included Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, original adaptations of Mark Twain short stories “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg”, Orson Welles’ Moby Dick Rehearsed, Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, and an M.F.A. thesis production of Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible with a closing performance coinciding with Trump’s 100th day in office. As a graduate student, 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 winning a scholarship for its 2016 Summer Directing Intensive. Corey also received a KCACTF nomination for his direction of The Crucible. Corey was the recipient of both the 2016 USM Emerging Artist Award and the 2017 USM Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Theatre) from the College of Arts & Letters during his time as a graduate student, also taking home First Place (Arts & Humanities) for presentation of his research for Moby Dick Rehearsed in the 2016 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium. During this time, Corey also spent three summers directing shows and leading workshops for the renowned Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in Loch Sheldrake, NY.

Prior to graduate school, Corey was the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Collective Project, Inc., a professional performance ensemble dedicated to the creation of new theatrical work by Atlanta artists for Atlanta audiences. 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. During this time, Corey worked around Atlanta as a performer, and was a resident teaching artist up and down the K-12 range with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Children’s Theatre, and the Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre among others before laying pedagogical groundwork for a middle-division drama program for students with dyslexia at the Swift School in Roswell, GA. In recognition for his time spent with new work and arts education, Corey was awarded the 2013 Emerging Artist Award (Theatre) by 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 also an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC).


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Introducing a 4-actor workshop exercise @ Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre (2015)