“Murder!”–Original Immersive Commission for Earl Smith Strand Theatre–April 2018

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Corey Bradberry is an award-winning, Atlanta-based stage director working to advance the role of theatre in contemporary American society. Corey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage directing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Bachelor of Arts corey-422rtdegree 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, writer, and arts educator.

A recent USM graduate, Corey studied for three years 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; whose closing coincided 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 Executive 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 Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Children’s Theatre, and Earl Smith Strand Theatre among others before laying pedagogical groundwork for a middle-division drama program at Swift School. 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. He most recently worked with his alma mater KSU as an Assistant Professor of Theatre in Society with its Theatre & Performance Studies program in fall 2017.

Introducing a workshop exercise @ Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, GA (2015)