Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-cree heritage from Northern Ontario and has worked as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink Productions (Vancouver, BC), was the 2014-15 Artist-in-Residence with English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre, and the founder Raven Theatre (Vancouver, BC) focusing on new works by Indigenous artists. Corey has worked as an Artistic Associate with Full Circle: First Nations’ Performance, Educations Coordinator with the Talking Stick Festival, and produced the Moccasin Trek tour.
As a director, Corey was the Artistic Associate for The Indigenous Cycle (Summit/Study) at the National Arts Centre in Banff, AB and then Manitoulin Island, ON for an investigation into the broad spectrum of the Indigenous body of work being created within Canada’s borders. The Indigenous Cycle resulted in the creation of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre to begin in 2019. He directed ‘Young Dracula’ at the Firehall Arts Centre BC Buds, and associate director of ‘Indian Arm’ by Hiro Kanagawa with Rumble Theatre. Corey directed ‘Children of God’ at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, and ‘Moonlodge’ by Margo Kane at the National Arts Centre. This season, he directed a workshop of ‘Les Filles du Roi’ at the Annex Theatre, Assistant Directed ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the National Arts Centre – English Theatre, will direct ‘Moonlodge’ at the BMO Theatre (Arts Club) and ‘Children of God’ at the York Theatre this spring.
As a playwright, Corey’s work has been developed at the Vancouver Playhouse, Firehall Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Urban Ink Productions, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and Raven Theatre. His original musical ‘Children of God’ is currently in development in collaboration with English Theatre at the NAC, he is collaborating on an original musical ‘Les Filles du Roi’ with Julie McIsaac commissioned by Fugue Theatre.
As an actor, Corey’s credits include the world premiere of ‘The Road Forward’ by Marie Clements feature film by the National Film Board of Canada and at the PuSh Festival, the world premier musical ‘Beyond Eden’ at Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse, ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ at the Vancouver Playhouse, three summers at the Chemainus Theatre Festival, and toured the Yukon with Gwaandak Theatre as the lead in their world premier production ‘Justice’ at the Yukon Arts Centre and was also presented at the National Arts Centre – Northern Scene.
Corey holds a B.F.A. in music composition from York University, composed the film score to the documentary AMIN AMIR (OMNI TV), and served on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) and Vancouver Native Health Society providing mental, physical, and spiritual relief to Indigenous people on the DTES, Vancouver, BC.