"I am a professional musician who had never acted before and had to quickly get ready to play Ike Turner in Million Dollar Quartet. Corey helped me transition by getting me to take my experience and confidence as a musician and performer and transfer that energy to acting. Corey really got me to focus on staying in the moment and not try to observe my own acting. He helped me to gain a sense of awareness beyond aspects such as memorizing lines, such as listening and reacting genuinely, as well as getting me familiar with the pace of working on the set. Shooting has gone great. I respect acting and I have Corey to thank for making this possible."
Kerry Holliday, Memphis, TN
Welcome to my website. I am a lifelong actor from New York and have been teaching for 16 years-from New York to Los Angeles, where I lived and worked for 17 years. Right now I am the official acting coach for "Million Dollar Quartet," directed by Roland Joffe. I have coached actors on numerous productions on and off Broadway, as well as on TV and Film. You will find a list below. You will also find a list of the actors I have worked with, which includes 2015 Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Patrick Dempsey. If you would like to hear what some of America's top acting coaches are saying about my work, scroll down. I coach actors at all levels, from beginners to professionals-in person and on Skype or Facetime. I work with teens on college auditions. I coach non actors on speaking publicly, including authors and a speaker at TEDGlobal. My students include graduates of Harvard and Yale, as well as those who attend public school or home school. All are welcome.
If you would like to learn more about me, click on my biography.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions by clicking contact Corey.
"Let me shout it from the rooftops: Corey is the best teacher I know. He's committed to actors and to their evolution. He gets actors to produce personal, truthful, bold, authentic work. He's incredibly patient and nurturing in the process. Corey has transformed actors; I've seen it. Corey is the teacher you want in your life, he's the teacher I want in mine."
--Risa Bramon Garcia (casting director: Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, Born on the Fourth of July, The Joy Luck Club, Speed, Flirting With Disaster; and "Masters of Sex" on Showtime. Founder of BGB Studios.
"Corey Parker is someone who, with great perception, understands the workings of how to translate the truth of the human experience to the actor's work. Corey has vast credentials in having worked in all the mediums, as an actor, which also enriches his ability to pass along what it takes for an actor to create something special."
--Ivana Chubbuck, Los Angeles. Author of best selling "Power of the Actor," coach to Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel
"Corey Parker is a true artist. His intelligence, emotional life and creativity are formidable. It is Corey Parker who trusted me as a teacher and recommended me to Nicole Kidman whom I have coached for the past 20 years. I am returning the favor to all actors who seek great coaching. Take my advice and seize the opportunity to have a genuine genius to guide you on your path."
--Susan Batson, New York. Author of "Truth"; Coach to Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Chris Rock, Zac Ephron, Common, Liv Tyler and Oprah Winfrey
"Corey, what a distinguished alumnus you have become. I watched your development at HB Studio and the HB Playwrights Foundation. You share our artistic and philosophic aspirations."
-letter to Corey Parker from Uta Hagen, author of
"Respect for Acting" and "A Challenge for the Actor"
2015 Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford "You Can't Take it With You." Also, "Sylvia," "Wicked," "Legally Blonde: The Musical," "Masters of Sex," "Smash," and Disney's "Frozen."
"Corey Parker's class is for the actor interested in deepening their craft with patience, technique, and heart. Corey creates an environment of safety, professionalism, and freedom that allows the actor to explore and discover. Scene work is guided with not only an incredible knowledge of the craft of acting, but also an understanding of the trials and tribulations of the professional actor. Corey is one of those rare teachers that uses his experience to get trust and give inspiration. He also has an immense knowledge of both the stage and the screen and the technical differences
between the two. This class will not only prepare you as an artist to face the professional world, but also inspire you to open your heart to the world.
Personally and professionally, this class inspired me to trust my instincts. The work we did in class has given me confidence in the audition room, the rehearsal room, and in my process. Corey's teaching reminded me to believe in the craft and believe in myself."
"Corey is an incredible teacher and acting coach. His patience, guidance and thoughtful insight are an asset to anyone interested in the art of acting."
Gabriel Mann, star of "Revenge" on ABC, Chavez with John Malkovich, also seen in "The Bourne Supremacy," "Mad Men"
As a coach, I have worked with 2015 Tony award winner Annaleigh Ashford, Aaron Tveit, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Patrick Dempsey, Rachel Roberts, Joe Tapper, Scoot McNairy, Thom Bishops, Max Burkholder, MC Lyte, Gabriel Mann, Ya Ya DaCosta, Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford, Jason Tam, Scott Bailey and Jay Armstrong.
I have coached actors in numerous productions, including "Million Dollar Quartet," "Chicago Med," "Masters of Sex" on Showtime, also Wim Wenders film of Sam Shepard's "Don't Come Knockin'," the 2015 Broadway production of "Sylvia," the 2014 Broadway hit, "You Can't Take it With You," the 2004 Broadway production of "Raisin in the Sun,"
and "Pass Over," at the Cherry Lane Theater in 2016.
I have also coached speakers in TedGLOBAL and prizewinning authors.
My students have been accepted in NYU Tisch, USC, UCLA, New School, Cal Arts, and AMDA. And at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Shakespeare Summer intensive in London.
I have taught at...
Susan Batson's Studio in New York and Hollywood, Lesly Kahn's Studio in Hollywood,
HB Studios in New York,
Michael Howard Studios in New York, BGB Studios in Los Angeles,
Ruskin Studios in Los Angeles,
New Collective LA in Los Angeles, Operafest in Martha's Vineyard, Rhodes College in Memphis as guest artist (2008-2014),and
Playhouse on the Square (2015).
"Corey Parker opened up a whole new world of communication to our students at Operafest at Martha's Vineyard. Corey has a gentle and positive way of making young actors get in touch with themselves in a way they never have. From his fascinating talk came the wonderful exercises where each student could experience what Corey was talking about. They came out with huge smiles on their faces and a feeling of accomplishment that they were able to reach a new honesty about their acting. Over and over the students commented on what a wonderful eye-opening class Corey had offered and how it had changed their attitude about acting."
--Claudette Peterson, Artistic Director, Operafest
“Nothing is achieved without effort, only that which is achieved through effort is of value to the actor.”
- Constantin Stanislavski
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Steppenwolf Theater co-founder Terry Kinney,
Teaching icon Ivana Chubbuck
Casting Director Risa Bramon Garcia and many more...
\As an actor, Corey has worked with Sophia Loren, Mike Nichols, J.J. Abrams, Susan Sarandon, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Anne Bancroft, Patrick Dempsey, Christopher Walken, Connie Britton, Kate Nelligan, Mathew Broderick, Marsha Mason, Sandy Dennis, John Schlesinger, Lisa Bonet, John Slattery, John Malkovich, Treat Williams, Peter Boyle, Tom Skerritt, Harold Gould, Stephen Hill, Jason Alexander, Tea Leone, Lisa Kudrow, Greg Grunberg, Billy Dee Williams, Jesse L. Martin, Renee Taylor, Stephen Hill, John Dye, Cecilia Peck, Sherilyn Fenn, Brian Cox, Robert Urich, Renee Aberjonois, Ken McMillan, Jay Thomas, Jeremy Piven, James Spader, Hume Cronyn, Michelle Lee, Debra Messing, Linda Hamilton, Frances Sternhagen, Gary Cole, Hal Holden, Grace Zabriskie, Bill Cobbs, Tim Curry, Wilford Brimley, Eric LaSalle, Anthony Edwards, Elizabeth Perkins, Thomas Hayden Church, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Dern, E.G. Marshall, David Proval, Dan Hedaya, Seth Green, Patty Duke, John Glover, Richard Kind.