"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, has cast over 65 movies including Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, Born on the Fourth of July, The Joy Luck Club, Speed, How To Make An American Quilt, and Flirting With Disaster, and is casting director for "Masters of Sex," on Showtime. She is cofounder of BGB Studios in Los Angeles.
"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 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 was born in New York City, and raised in Woodstock, N.Y. He attended the High School of Performing Arts in Times Square. Raised in the theater, Corey was building sets at the Woodstock Playhouse by 16 and was fortunate to work with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Gordone, Public Theater artistic director Joe Papp, and to be mentored by playwright and actor George Furth. At 17, Corey began attending New York University, while living on his own in SOHO. Corey was accepted as a lifetime member of the Actors Studio at age 20. He worked with the Steppenwolf Theater Company on the New York stage production of “Orphans.” He worked twice with Joe Papp at the Public Theater, twice with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Horton Foote, and twice with Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning playwright Neil Simon. He starred in Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg's "Bloodletters" at the Ensemble Studio Theater, where he is a lifetime member. Corey trained at HB Studios with Uta Hagen and was directed in three productions by Herbert Bergof. He also trained with Sandra Seacat, Susan Batson, Mira Rostova, Lesly Kahn, Marat Yusim from the Moscow Art Theater and Ivana Chubbuck. He appeared at the American Place, the St. James, Circle Rep--where he was directed by Lanford Wilson, Mark Taper Forum--with Tom Hulce, and the Coronet in Los Angeles--with Marsha Mason.
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,” (for ABC) 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," the cult favorite “Friday the 13th: part V,” “9 ½ Weeks,” with Kim Basinger, Indies include: "Happy Thanksgiving," “Demon Lake”, “Being Awesome,” “Tupelove,” “Bureau of Short Term Affairs,” “One Came Home,” and an NYU film directed by Jesse Dylan.
Corey was first invited to teach by Susan Batson at her studio in New York in 2000 where he taught for two years. Ms. Batson then asked Corey to teach at her studio in Los Angeles, which he did until 2006. He then taught at Lesly Kahn's studio in Hollywood. As a teacher, Corey has worked with Aaron Tveit, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Patrick Dempsey, Rachel Roberts, Scoot McNairy, Thom Bishops, Max Burkholder, MC Lyte, Gabriel Mann, Ya Ya DaCosta, Naomi Campbell, Tyrese, Annaleigh Ashford, Jason Tam, and Jay Armstrong.
Corey has coached actors in numerous productions, including the Wim Wenders film of Sam Shepard's "Don't Come Knockin'," "Masters of Sex" on Showtime, the 2004 Broadway production of "Raisin in the Sun," and the recent Broadway hit, "You Can't Take it With You."
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 continues to teach actors coast to coast. His Skype coaching has included working with actors in Scotland, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. He has coached speakers at TEDGlobal;
Corey has taught his Master Class at:
*Operafest in Martha's Vineyard, *HB Studios in New York, *Michael Howard Studios in New York, *Lesly Kahn studios in Los Angeles, *BGB Studios in Los Angeles, *Ruskin Studios in Los Angeles and *New Collective in Los Angeles. His students include graduates from Yale Drama as well as from Harvard.
After spending 17 years living on the west side of Los Angeles--Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, Corey moved his family to Memphis. Corey has been a guest artist at Rhodes College since 2006. He has appeared in such Memphis indies as "One Came Home," "Tupelove," "Being Awesome," "Woman's Picture," and "Bureau of Short Term Affairs." Corey also works with directors who want their entire cast to go the next level in their work: in television, Corey has worked with the cast of "The Industry," and in theater, he has worked with Memphis' Three Penny Theater Company on their modern adaptation of Moliere's "Tartuffe."
Corey is certified by Ivana Chubbuck to teach her technique from the book, "The Power of the Actor."
He is also certified by Susan Batson to teach her technique from her book, "Truth."
A Few Testimonials...
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."
"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"
"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.
Check out Corey's blog for actors: memphisactor.blogspot.com
Information about acting, dos and dont's for auditions, the history of Stanislavsky and his impact on American acting, interviews with casting directors, producers, teachers, actors and directors.
Corey Parker is a native New Yorker, lived in Hell's Kitchen while he attended the High School of Performing Arts in Times Square. He has taught in New York at Susan Batson's Black Nexxus studio, at Michael Howard's studio and at HB Studios. He also conducts workshops at Pearl Studios in Manhattan.
"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