Corey Payette is of mixed heritage Oji-cree First Nations and French Canadian from Northern Ontario. He holds a B.F.A. in music composition from York University where he composed for film, chamber, and musical theatre projects. He has written the film score to AMIN AMIR for OMNI TV, The Great Fear for AirCastle Film, music for the play Acts of Preparing for Theatre Glendon, and had his string works performed in York Composer Concerts, and wrote the music/lyrics to the original musical JOYS OF 24. He has served as musical director for over a dozen musicals across the country.
As an actor, Corey was in the world premiere of the musical Beyond Eden at Theatre Calgary/Vancouver Playhouse, La Cage Aux Folles at the Vancouver Playhouse, two summers at the Chemainus Theatre Festival, and most recently toured the Yukon with Gwaandak Theatre as the lead in their world premier production JUSTICE at the Yukon Arts Centre and on tour to the National Arts Centre (Northern Scene).
In 2011, Corey began writing the Book/Music/Lyrics for his second original musical “Children of God”. The musical has since had four readings, a week-long workshop with the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, and is currently in development with his company Raven Theatre in partnership with Firehall Arts Centre and Western Canada Theatre in the 2013-2014 season. Corey is the founding Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, an emerging Aboriginal theatre company based in Vancouver, BC.
As an administrator, Corey began working for Full Circle: First Nations’ Performance in January 2012, worked their Talking Stick Festival as Box Office and Merchandise Manager, and continued in administration for the company. The most recent festival, Corey began work as Educations Coordinator for workshops in schools in addition to his past duties as Box Office Manager and Merchandise Manager. Through the workshops in schools program, Corey facilitated over 50 workshops in schools, reaching over 5000 youth in the lower mainland. Corey is currently leading a new program and was instrumental in the planning and execution of Full Circle’s Moccasin Trek Tour, taking these workshops in schools to the six regions of BC.