"Corey Parker's instinct, support, and expertise as a coach have been invaluable to me as a working actor. I strive to always be a student of the craft and he always takes me to a new level of specificity. He has been instrumental in my preparation for character work and for script analysis. Corey always helps me find the truth. His coaching has been a blessing to me."
2015 Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford
on Broadway: "You Can't Take it With You." "Sylvia," "Wicked," "Legally Blonde: The Musical." On screen: "Masters of Sex," "Smash," Disney's "Frozen" and the webseries "Submissions only."
Corey Parker was trained by renowned acting teachers Susan Batson, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Sandra Seacat, Mira Rostova, Lesly Kahn, Anthony Abeson, Ivana Chubbuck and Marat Yusim of the Moscow Art Theater.
Corey Parker has appeared on Broadway at the St. James, Off Broadway: American Place, Circle Rep, the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Westside Theater, HB Playwright's Foundation, New Dramatists, Nuyorican; and in Los Angeles at Mark Taper Forum
and the Coronet.
He worked with Gary Sinise and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company on the New York production of “Orphans.”
Corey is a member of the Actors Studio. He worked with Lanford Wilson, Vincent Canby, Albert Innaurato, John Malkovich, twice with artistic director Joe Papp, twice with playwright Horton Foote, and twice with playwright Neil Simon, Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright
Corey is also a lifetime member of the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York and Los Angeles. Corey Parker was born in Manhattan, and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in Times Square now known as "LaGuardia High School." He attended New York University.
Most recently, Corey appeared on CMT's "Sun Records" and ABC's “Nashville.”
Corey was seen on “Will & Grace,” (guest star- 4 episodes) for NBC. He starred in the half hour sitcom “Flying Blind,” with Tea Leoni on Fox. He starred in the ABC one hour drama series “Eddie Dodd,” with
He played Eddie Fisher in the “Elizabeth Taylor Story,” with Sherilyn Fenn on CBS. He starred in the sitcom “Blue Skies,” for ABC, and “Encino Woman,” for ABC/ Disney. He co-starred in “Love Boat” with Robert Urich on UPN. inHe costarred“Lost Language of Cranes,” coproduced for BBC/ PBS in London.
He co-starred in Neil Simon's “Broadway Bound,” with Hume Cronyn and Anne Bancroft for ABC (his second picture with Neil Simon). Corey received considerable attention for recurring for two seasons on "thirtysomething,” on ABC with Melanie Mayron.
He costarred in “Courage,” with Sophia Loren for CBS and ”Mr. and Mrs. Loving,” with Lela Rochon and Timothy Hutton for Showtime. He appeared in “Touched by an Angel,“ for CBS, “Breast Men” for HBO and performed on stage at the "61st Academy Awards" on ABC.
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, 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, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Thomas Hayden Church, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Dern, E.G. Marshall, David Proval, Dan Hedaya, Seth Green, Patty Duke, John Glover, Peter Dinklage, Richard Kind, Beau Bridges.
Corey has been written about in Time magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, New York magazine, New Yorker magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, the Christian Science Monitor, and Drama Logue.
"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: ON THE WORK
"I understand the business, from auditioning to test deals to working on set as a day player, as a recurring, as a costar and as a lead in both comedy and drama, on the major networks, on cable, in indies and on stage. I work with actors of all levels based on their needs. I believe a good teacher liberates the actor's talent--through script breakdown, choice making, preparation that rings true for the actor and is specific and
rooted in the truth of the text."
As a coach, Corey has worked with 2015 Tony award winner Annaleigh Ashford, Patrick Dempsey, Aaron Tveit, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, MC Lyte, Gabriel Mann, Ya Ya DaCosta, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Missoni, model Tyson Beckford, Rachel Roberts, Scoot McNairy, Rah Digga, Thom Bishops, Max Burkholder.
Corey has coached actors in numerous productions, including "Sun Records" a.k.a. "Million Dollar Quartet," "Chicago Med," "Masters of Sex" on Showtime, Wim Wenders film of Sam Shepard's "Don't Come Knockin',"
the 2004 Broadway production of "Raisin in the Sun,"
the 2014 Broadway hit, "You Can't Take it With You,"
the 2015 Broadway production of "Sylvia,"
and "Pass Over," at the Cherry Lane Theater in 2016.
Corey has also coached speakers in TedGLOBAL and coached prizewinning authors.
Corey's teen students have been accepted in NYU Tisch, USC, UCLA, CalArts, and AMDA. And at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Corey Parker has 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),
Playhouse on the Square (2015) and at
University of Memphis
as guest artist (2016-2017)and teacher of
"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," "Ray Donovan."
"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."
Thom Bishops: "The Tale," "House M.D.," "Fanboys," "The Final Cut," "Time Out of Mind," "The Breakup Diaries," "Forced to Kill"
"Corey Parker's understanding of humanity and the craft of acting is astounding. He's masterful at serving the needs of the actor regardless of their skill set. He is incredible intuitive, sensitive and nurturing. I believe these to be essentia traits for an effective teacher and coach. Studying with Corey has always inspired me to start from a place of joy and love of acting, to dig deeper, to explore the boundless possibilities and to risk it all for my artist. I'm proud to call him teacher, mentor, brother and friend. He's the real deal. "
Shaun Baker: "Chosen," "The Protector," "CSI: Miami," "V.I.P.," "NYPD Blue," "Living Single," "Grand Canyon"
"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!
Mara Davi: On Broadway: "Dames at Sea," "A Chorus Line," "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Smash"
"Corey's class was truly incredible!"
Jay Armstrong Johnson
on Broadway: "Hands on a Hardbody," "Catch Me if You Can," "Hair," "On the Town."
On camera: "Quantico," "Law and Order: SVU," "Sex and the City 2"
"Corey impressed me not only with his credentials, but with the depth and quality of his observations. He provokes commitment and daring and honesty in your work that benefits you as an actor and as an individual. An invaluable experience worth repeating, Corey's class left me eager to hone my craft."
Scott J Campbell, "Jersey Boys" on Broadway,
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"
"I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to help us deepen our practice as actors. It is humbling and enlightening to work with you and I am so grateful to you."
Leigh Bush: "Divergent," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Closer," "New York Undercover," CW's "90210."
"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."
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.
"Corey Parker lives up to the hype."
"Blue Bloods," "Chicago Med," "Masters of Sex," Law and Order: SVU"; Broadway: "You Can't Take it With You," "Pass Over" at the Cherry Lane Theater, "Red Velvet" at Shakespeare and Company
"Corey consistently helps me make specific and powerful choices. However insecure I may feel about the material at first, I feel safe exploring it with him and I always leave our sessions feeling strong, prepared and excited to go to work."
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, La Pharmacien de Garde, American Dreams
"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
"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: "Masters of Sex," "CSI: New York," "The Joy Luck Club," "Wall Street," "Fatal Attraction," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Speed," "Flirting With Disaster."
Founder of BGB Studios, Los Angeles.
"I've known and admired Corey Parker for thirty years. His work as an actor on television, film and stage is exquisite. I use Corey's services to coach me for an audition. I worked with Corey and booked the job. I highly recommend Corey for actors at all levels. He is an insightful, caring and effective teacher and coach."
David Deblinger: "Blue Bloods," "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Law and Order"
Co-founder Labyrinth Theater, NYC
"I truly respect Corey as an artist. He played an enormous role in the development of my actor. The work we did together helped pave the path for me to produce and star in "Formosa Betrayed."
(Winner Best Film at San Diego Film Festival, screened for members of U.S. Congress and their staffs.)
Will Tiao: "Formosa Betrayed," "Quarterlife," "Mind of Mencia," "Mad TV," "Sex and the City"
International economist under the George W. Bush administration
Presidential Management Fellow under the Clinton administration
"Corey Parker's two day workshop in Los Angeles provided me with practical tools to bring my personal depth and commitment alive on the stage. Corey brings his years of experience, deep love of acting, extensive training and formidable intellect with no reservations or apologies to create a unique and moving workshop. Most crucially, Corey never loses sight of the deep work we are capable of while keeping a keen eye on simple technical ways to bring this depth into being."
Matthew Word: Artistic Director New Collective L.A.
"Corey's teaching has made me a more confident performer. He has provided the perfect guidance in helping me to create characters authentically informed by the human condition, all while presenting them with high-level technique. His ability to refine your talent even as he protects its uniqueness is one of his many gifts honed by years of study and practice as both stellar coach and actor."
Rosalyn Ross: "Million Dollar Quartet," "Nashville," and soon to be screened at Sundance Film festival 2016 in "Columbus"
"One of the reasons I love working with Corey so much is that as a coach and teacher he asks me questions about the character and the material that lead me to dig deeper and discover nuances for myself in an authentic way. Corey is the real deal. He never resorts to result oriented, fast, slick, facile language that is so popular these days."
Kelly Wolf: "Gimore Girls: A Year in the Life,"(2016) "Parenthood," "Awake," "Southland," "Grey's Anatomy," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"
Audition Taping and Submission
On Set Coaching
On Camera Technique
Certified to teach Ivana Chubbuck's technique
Certified teacher of Susan Batson's technique
Behind the scenes:
coaching Sean Combs
in Raisin in the Sun on Broadway.
Backstage at the Royale Theater, 2004.
THIS CLASS IS FOR ALL LEVELS
BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME
One on one coaching available
audition videotaping and submission
college audition preparation
direct answers on casting, industry and career
headshot by Joe Henson