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), 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 tours, facilitating 100 workshops for over 5000 youth in schools around BC. This past April, Corey assisted Yvette Nolan and Sarah Garton Stanley with a two tier project, ‘The Summit’ at the Banff Centre and this year will be the Associate Producer of ‘The Study’ – a two week investigation into the broad spectrum of the Indigenous body of work being created within Canada’s borders.
As a playwright, Corey’s work has been developed at the Vancouver Playhouse, Firehall Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, urban ink, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and Raven Theatre. His second original musical ‘Children of God’ is currently in development in collaboration with English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Corey’s acting credits include the world premiere of the musical 'The Road Forward' by Marie Clements at the PuSh Festival, ‘Beyond Eden’ at Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, ‘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 Northern Scene Festival.
Corey holds a B.F.A. in music composition from York University, composed the film score to the documentary AMIN AMIR (OMNI TV), and is on the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) and of Vancouver Native Health Society providing mental, physical, and spiritual relief to Aboriginal people on the DTES, Vancouver, BC.