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"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
I work with actors from all over the world, from ages 6-76, and all levels: professionals as well as beginners. I coach actors for auditons on Broadway, Off Broadway, on TV: half hour sitcom and one hour drama, and on film. I offer technique, script breakdown, coaching for professional auditions, college and High School auditions. I teach working with the camera and working onstage.
I have been certified by Ivana Chubbuck to teach her technique, I have worked with her since 1990. I taught Susan Batson's technique at her studios from 2000-2006, I began working with her in 1980. I trained with Uta Hagen, Sandra Seacat, Mira Rostova, Anthony Abeson and Lesly Kahn. I use all of the techniques I have learned as well as my experience as an actor (30+ years) to help actors have those 'a-ha' moments, to make sense of things, inspire, illuminate and work to their potential. I believe acting is a journey and that the tools I offer will be helpful in the future as well as right now. Acting is not one-size-fits-all, I offer you practical, actable choices and techniques to manage fear in the process. 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 can work in person, on Skype, on Facetime and by phone. Whatever the needs of the actor,
my job is to help, illuminate,
free you and empower you. You will finish every session with more confidence than you began. As actors, we need confidence. Without it, we can't work to our potential.
As a coach, I have 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.
I have coached actors in numerous productions, including "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.
I have also coached speakers in TedGLOBAL and prizewinning authors.
My students have been accepted in NYU Tisch, USC, UCLA, CalArts, and AMDA. And at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
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 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.
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," "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
"I have been learning from Corey for the past six years. He has raised me as an artist and guided my craft in the most nurturing way possible. Because of him, I feel confident as an actor. He is a light in my life, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to learn from such an inspiring and insightful teacher, who cares so much about the work and evolving the actor into his ir her fullest potential."
- Madison Elise Rogers (above left)
"I send you my eternal love and gratitude for what you've done for me." -Betsy McKinley (above right)
"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 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, 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 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
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) and soon at
University of Memphis
as guest artist.