Corey Payette

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), past 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 was the Artistic Associate for The Indigenous Cycle at the National Arts Centre from Banff to Manitoulin Island for an investigation into the broad spectrum of the Indigenous body of work being created within Canada’s borders. This cycle resulted in the creation of a new department of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre to begin in 2019.

As a playwright, Corey’s work has been developed at the National Arts Centre, 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’ has been developed in collaboration with English Theatre at the National Arts Centre and will receive its world premiere in May 2017 at the York Theatre (The Cultch) in Vancouver and in June 2017 on the mainstage at the National Arts Centre. His next musical is 'Les Filles du Roi' written in English, French, and Kanien'keha (Mohawk) alongside Julie McIsaas as co-bookwriter, commissioned by Fugue Theatre and set to premiere in Spring 2018. 

Corey’s acting credits include the world premiere of the musical 'The Road Forward' by Marie Clements at the PuSh Festival and docu-feature produced by the National Film Board of Canada to be released in Spring 2017, ‘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 premiere 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), served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) and member of Vancouver Native Health Society providing mental, physical, and spiritual relief to Aboriginal people on the DTES, Vancouver, BC both for 2 years respectively.