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Corey Payette

Jury Member, 2021

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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, Citadel Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Segal Centre), Moonlodge (Urban Ink/NAC English Theatre), Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre), Les Filles du Roi (Urban Ink/Raven Theatre), and Sedna (Urban Ink/Caravan Farm Theatre). He is currently directing his first documentary feature Stories that Transform Us for Urban Ink. His next new musicals have been commissioned by Musical Stage Company (Toronto), Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), and the Stratford Festival. He was awarded the John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council, Jessie Awards for Composition and Direction, Ovation Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Direction, and most recently was a recipient of the BC Award for Reconciliation.


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