Corey Parker, an acclaimed actor in his own right, has trained actors on and off Broadway, on TV, and in film for 17 years. He has coached Patrick Dempsey, Sean Combs, Annaleigh Ashford, Scoot McNairy, and many more. Corey studied with Uta Hagen and worked under the direction of Herbert Berghof in three productions at the HB Playwrights Foundation. Corey is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He worked with the Steppenwolf Theater Company and has appeared on stage at the Public Theater in NY where he worked with Joseph Papp, at Circle Rep where he worked with Lanford Wilson, at the St. James, the American Place, and the Mark Taper Forum, among others. He’s also worked extensively in film and television. Corey has taught at numerous studios, including HB Studio. He has taught for Susan Batson in New York and L.A., at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the list goes on. He currently teaches regular classes in Nashville and Memphis, and whenever we can get him to join us at BGB in Los Angeles.
Corey Parker has performed on Broadway at the St. James and Off-Broadway in Steppenwolf’s Tony-winning production of ORPHANS, as well as at the American Place Theater, Circle Rep Theater (with Lanford Wilson), the Public Theater (under Joseph Papp), at the Ensemble Studio Theater (with Richard Greenberg), at the HB Playwright’s Foundation (with Horton Foote); he has also performed in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum (with Michael Lindsay Hogg), and at the Coronet.
Taking a class with Corey is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking his classes.
We are thrilled to welcome Corey back to BGB. As an actor (and an extremely talented one), Corey understands the challenges every actor faces. He brings his 35 years of acting, coaching, and teaching experience, with a deep professional commitment, love of the craft, and acute sensitivity and talent to every moment of the work. He has the amazing ability to get actors to produce personal, truthful, bold work. He’s insightful, nurturing, and skilled in helping actors bring their personal story to the narrative in the most authentic and powerful way. Working with their full instrument, Corey engages with each actor to find a place of deep investment, clear need, and the strongest choices from a place of caring and conviction. He guides actors to get out of their head and into their body, out of their own way and into the relationships in the world of the play. And he does it with love and expertise. Corey changes the way actors work forever.