"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.
"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, author of Truth; Coach to Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Chris Rock
"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, author of best selling "Power of the Actor," coach to Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Halle Berry
Corey Parker provides private coaching and class instruction to actors of all ages. Corey teaches beginners, professionals, and non actors who have to speak publicly. Corey has coached speakers in TedGLOBAL, prizewinning authors, rap stars and spent a year workng with a federal judge. Corey's work takes place either in person or on Skype. He has worked with actors and speakers in Paris, Singapore, Scotland, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York.
2015 Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford "You Can't Take it With You." Also, "Wicked," "Legally Blonde: The Musical," "Masters of Sex," "Smash," "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."
--Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford
Corey was first invited to teach by Susan Batson (coach of Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Chris Rock) at her studio in New York, where he taught for nearly two years; Ms. Batson then asked Corey to help open her studio in Los Angeles, where he taught until 2006. He then taught at Lesly Kahn's studio in Hollywood.
Corey has also taught at: Operafest in Martha's Vineyard, HB Studios in New York, Michael Howard Studios in New York, BGB Studios in Los Angeles, Ruskin Studios in Los Angeles, New Collective in Los Angeles, Rhodes College in Memphis as guest artist (2006-2014) and Playhouse on the Square (2015).
As a coach, Corey has worked with 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, Tyrese, Jason Tam, Scott Bailey and Jay Armstrong.
Corey has coached actors in numerous productions, including "Chicago Med," "Masters of Sex" on Showtime, 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," and the 2004 Broadway production of "Raisin in the Sun."
COACHING FOR COLLEGE
Corey has guided his teen actors into being accepted into the Theater Departments at: New York University--Tisch,University of Southern California, University of California--Los Angeles, CalArts
and the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
Corey was trained and mentored by the renowned teacher Susan Batson. He also trained at HB Studios with Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergof. He trained with Sandra Seacat, Mira Rostova, Lesly Kahn, Anthony Abeson, and acclaimed teacher Ivana Chubbuck.
Corey Parker was born in Manhattan, and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in Times Square. Corey worked with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Gordone, artistic director Joe Papp, and was mentored by acting teacher Susan Batson. At 17, Corey began attending New York University. At 20, Corey was accepted as a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. He worked with the Steppenwolf Theater Company on the New York production of “Orphans.” He worked twice with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Horton Foote, and twice with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Neil Simon. Corey was accepted as a lifetime member of the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York, where he starred in numerous productions, including Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg's "Bloodletters."
Corey’s Television work includes: “Lost Language of Cranes,” filmed for the BBC and PBS in London, adapted by Sean Mathias, “Broadway Bound,” with Hume Cronyn and Anne Bancroft for ABC, “Courage,” with Sophia Loren for CBS, "thirtysomething,” (recurring) for ABC, “Will & Grace,” (guest star) for NBC, ”Mr. and Mrs. Loving,” with Lela Rochon and Timothy Hutton for Showtime, he starred in the one hour drama “Eddie Dodd,” with Treat Williams, from the creators of the film "True Believer," he starred in the half hour sitcom “Flying Blind,” with Tea Leoni on Fox , in “Elizabeth Taylor Story,” with Sherilyn Fenn, he starred in “Blue Skies,” for ABC, “Encino Woman,” for ABC, “Touched by an Angel, “ for CBS, “Breast Men” for HBO and in “Love Boat” with Robert Urich on UPN.
Most recently, Corey appeared on the hit show, “Nashville,” as Luke's manager.
Films include, “How I Got into College,” “Biloxi Blues,” with Academy Award winning director Mike Nichols and Christopher Walken, “White Palace,” with Susan Sarandon and James Spader, "Big Man on Campus," cult favorite “Friday the 13th: part V,” “9 ½ Weeks,” with Kim Basinger, Indies include: “Demon Lake”, “Being Awesome,” "Woman's Picture" “Tupelove,” “Bureau of Short Term Affairs,” “One Came Home.”
A Few Testimonials...
Thom Bishops: House M.D., Fanboys, The Final Cut,
Time Out of Mind, The Breakup Diaries, Forced to Kill
"Corey gave me the space to move within my comfort zone, and with positive reinforcement, guide me beyond it and allow the exploration that makes great performances possible."
click below to read an interview with Thom in Esquire magazine
Mara Davi, On Broadway: Dames at Sea, A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone, Smash
"In this class I found the power to not back down. Corey helped me realize why my choices are not as specific as they can be. I can see now how I can get out of my head and into the action of the story, fighting for what I personally want. It's a much richer experience for myself and the audience!
"Corey is an incredibly committed and dedicated coach who really understands that learning is about pushing one's experience and improving from deep within. He is challenging, insightful, and encouraging with the ability to transmit that perfect mix of positive reinforcement and bold ambition that is the hallmark of truly great teachers."
A graduate of Harvard, Abha Dawesar has received the Stonewall Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award. She has spoken at international conferences like TEDGlobal, Womensphere and Women's Forum for Economy & Society.
“I took Corey into my courtroom and showed him pages of legal directions that I must recite at the end of every single case—which can be tedious; but Corey broke down the pages of legal terms as text and gave me choices that involved me in a whole new way. His passion is inspiring. Corey taught me about the role that I play as “Judge” in each trial, and that an important part of this is how I communicate to everyone in my courtroom. I’ve never met anyone like him. Corey’s process is both creative and highly professional. I recommend studying with Corey Parker.”
Check out Corey's blog for actors: memphisactor.blogspot.com
"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
Corey's headshot by Joe Henson