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, past Artist-in- Residence with National Arts Centre [NAC] English Theatre, and is the founding Artistic Director of Raven Theatre. Selected credits: Children of God (Urban Ink, NAC English Theatre [Ottawa], The Cultch [Vancouver], Citadel Theatre [Edmonton], Western Canada Theatre [Kamloops], Segal Centre [Montreal], Vernon Performing Arts Centre, Capitol Theatre [Nelson], Surrey Arts Centre, upcoming Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre [Winnipeg]), Moonlodge (Urban Ink/NAC English Theatre), Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre), Les Filles du Roi (Fugue Theatre/Raven Theatre/Urban Ink/The Cultch), and Sedna (Urban Ink/Caravan Farm Theatre). His next new musicals have been commissioned by Musical Stage Company (Toronto), Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), and Stratford Festival. In 2018, he was awarded the John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council, Jessie Awards for Composition and Direction, and Ovation Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Direction.
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