Cory is a Philadelphia born-and-raised architect, bassist/composer, and sound designer. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Architecture. He is resident composer and sound designer for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Birds on a Wire Dance Theater, and works with a variety of artists across the media spectrum, including the Walnut Street Theater, keila cordova dances, Krista DeNio/Echo Theater Suitcase, and as producer for Earthdance’s E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts residency. Collectively, his experience spans many genres including jazz, hip-hop, experimental, classical, and pop music. Cory has collaborated with a variety of artists including music ensembles, dance companies, film directors, shadow puppetry and live sculpture, circus arts, and as technical consult for stage productions. He was the recipient of the American Association of Community Theater Sound Design Award in 2011 for Bootless Stagework’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, and a 2015 Rocky Award recipient for collaborative contributions in the Philadelphia dance community. He is a member of the bass section for the Abington Symphony Orchestra.
Cory’s visual art is based in painting and drawing, expressed in views of urban landscapes, as well as visually abstract statements that explore color, space and light, form, and texture. Cory’s visual work is often done in conjunction with his sound work to further explore these aspects. He has had his drawings displayed as part of the Carpenter’s Hall 200th Anniversary Exhibit, installations in Old City Philadelphia storefronts as part of the Windows Throughout Old City Exhibition, Fleisher Memorial School of Art, and in private collections around the country. In addition, he has done illustration work for web design, print, and tattoos.
Partial List of Projects:
FAITH Project / The Door; Composition, sound design; Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 2018.
Santuario; Composition, sound design; Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 2017.
HOME / S. 9th St.; Composition, sound design; FringeArts Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
Be/Longing: Light/Shadow; Composition, sound design; Drexel University Mandell Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
TARA, Chor. Kun-Yang Lin for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company; Composition; Denver, CO, 2013
ONE: Gifts From Afar; Drexel University Mandell Theater, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
Beyond the Bones (Revisited 2002/2012); Sound and music consultant; The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
Echo Theater Suitcase / Krista DeNio
Bay Area Bold Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens MLK Memorial; Dir., chor. Krista DeNio; Composition, sound design; San Francisco, CA, 2015.
The Arts at CIIS; Composition, sound design, technical assistance; San Francisco, CA, 2015.
Counterpulse residency ; Composition, sound design; San Francisco, CA, 2014.
Life in a Box; Composition for Trans*i*tion residency at Ursinus College, PA; Composition 2012
Edith & Me; Presented as part of the springWIDEopen Festival; Composition, Sound design; Wire Monkey Dance / Winter Palace Theater, Holyoke, MA 2012
Edith & Me; Presented as part of the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival; Composition, Sound design; Joyce Soho, NYC, 2012
Birds On A Wire Dance Theater
In the Clearing; Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere; Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
An Ode To Something; Experimental workshop in experiential sight / sound; Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
Falling; Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere for HATCH at the Performance Garage, 2013
Jouska; Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere for femme.collective; Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
Let Me Help You Set Fire… for Cherchez La Femme, Sound design, composition; Philadelphia PA, 2016.
As Pretty Does; Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere, 2013
Volcano, My Love; Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere, 2012
Agnes Falling; Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere, 2011
Producer, curator; Earthdance, Plainfield, MA, 2016, 2017, 2018
The JANUS Project; Project director, 2015.
The Oracle Project, dir. Cory Neale with Nicole Nigro, Christos Galanis; Project co-director, 2014.
Resident Artist, 2013.
Cinematika: Epiphanarie, short film dir. Michael Pope.
First Cousin, 9-piece physical theater improvisation.
Graphical Scoring For Time-Based Media, workshop focusing on the reading, documentation, and analysis of various media within a work of time-based art.
Resident Artist, 2012
Tornado, dir by Karen Bernard.
Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, composer David Lang’s project featuring 400 Philadelphia-area musicians performing a score on broken Phila. School District instruments, Philadelphia 23rd Street Armory, 2017.
Once Removed, Chor. by Jeanine McCain; Composition, Sound design; evening-length dance theater work for Ursinus College faculty concert, 2017.
Waterwise, Chor. by Jennifer D. Yackel; Composition, Philadelphia Fringe Fesitval, 2017.
Once Removed, Chor. by Jeanine McCain; Composition, Sound design; Hudson Arts Guild, New York, NY, 2017.
Jubilant Thicket, series dir. Anne-Adele Wight; live performance (solo double bass) at one of Philadelphia’s longest running poetry series, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
YESWave Sassthetic, Chor. by Malik Nashad Sharpe; Composition; New York, NY, 2015.
ANTLERED Earth perf. Maré Heironimus, Live foley sound design, composition, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NYC, 2016.
Ford Advantage perf. Nicole Nigro, Video production, composition. Dance Matters Series 3, Toronto,ON, 2016.
Dream of Land, dir. Hua Hua Zhang / Visual Expressions; Composition for live sculpture and puppetry; Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
University Place 3.0, Composition for marketing video for new construction project. Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
AUGUR, Performance Mix Festival, New York; Project direction, with Nicole Nigro and Mare Heironimus, Sound design, Live performance; HERE Arts Center, New York, NY 2015.
Listen To Me, Collab. with Jennifer Yackel; Live performance / improvisation, Presented as part of the 3rd annual Evening of Duets; Community Education Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
Body into Sky, Collab. with Maré Heironimus; Live performance, sound design; Dixon Place, NYC, 2014.
You and Me Philly, Dir. and chor. by Tara Rynders; Live performance; Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
AUGUR, Chashama Residency New York; Project direction, with Nicole Nigro and Mare Heironimus, Sound design, Live performance; Anita’s Way and The Urban Garden Room, New York, NY 2014.
Kinesthete; Presented as part of the Point of Departure program at Christ Church Neighborhood House; Choreography by Dangerous & Movin’ Dance Co. and Jenn Rose; 2012
Improvisation to Commute, presented as part of the springWIDEopen Festival; Solo performance; Wire Monkey Dance / Winter Palace Theater, Holyoke, MA 2012
Subtle Manipulation, with Michael Subvert; Improvisation for spoken word theater, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, 2011
The Rehearsal, Short film dir. Lauren Steffen, choreo. Alie Vidich and Heather Cole; Composition, Scoring, 2010
Shed Some Light On Love, Window installation; Windows Throughout Old City for theme “With Love”; Margot & Camille Eyewear, 2010
Ignition, Eng Matthews and Friends; Modern dance and choreography; Composition, 2010
Through Plasma, String trio, selected entry for the Vox Novus 60×60 Orchestra call; Composition, 2010
Forces of Friction, Short film dir. Sarah Muehlbauer for The Walnut Lane Bridge Project; Composition, 2009
Vada Dance Collective, Modern dance and choreography; Live performance, Composition, 2008-2011 Fringe Festivals/seasons
MosMental / The Difference (socially-conscious hip-hop) 2002-2006
Temple of Bon Matin (experimental rock and jazz) 2002-2005
Justice on a Budget (electro-acoustic, improvisation) 1999-2006
Carpenter’s Hall Exhibition; Philadelphia PA, Selected drawings, 1994
cory (commercial folk rock) 1994-1998
The Barnabys (commercial folk rock) 1990-1993
Arthur Doyle’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble (informal)
SOUND DESIGN (THEATER)
Moon for the Misbegotten, by Eugene O’Neill, dir. Kate Galvin for the Walnut Street Theater; Sound design, composition, Philadelphia PA and national tour, 2016.
Midsummer [a play with songs] by David Grieg and Gordon McIntyre, dir. Kate Galvin for Inis Nua Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA; Sound design, Philadelphia, PA, 2014.
Driving Miss Daisy, by Alfred Uhry, dir. Bernard Havard for the Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia PA and national tour; Sound design, 2014
Devotedly, Sincerely Yours, The Pearlman Sisters; Musical theater
Pitman Broadway Theater, Pitman, NJ 2014; Sound design, Technical assistance
Annenberg Center for the Arts, 2013; Sound design
Philadelphia Fringe Festival premiere, 2012; Sound design, Technical assistance
Star Wars: A New Musical Hope, by Jeremy Gamble, dir. Rosanne DellAversano for Bootless Artworks, Wilmington DE; Sound design, 2012
Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl, dir. Rosanne DellAversano for Bootless Artworks, Wilmington DE; Sound design, Composition, 2012
Shout!, Pink Hanger Presents, curated by Susan DiPronio; Writing workshop presentation focusing on 30 years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic sharing stories of survivor experiences; Asian Arts Initiative in conjunction with the Witness visual art exhibition, Philadelphia PA; Sound design, Composition, 2012
Proof, by David Auburn, dir. Kate Galvin for the Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia PA and national tour; Sound design, Composition, 2012
Noël & Gertie, by Sheridan Morley, dir. Will Stutts for the Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia PA; Sound design, 2011
Passing Strange, by Stew, dir. Malika Oyetimein for Bootless Artworks, Wilmington DE; Sound design, Technical assistance, 2011
Marilyn Monroe Has Sex For The Last Time With Groucho Marx, by Greg Romero, dir. Rowen Haigh for Plays and Players Theater as part of the 2011 PIFA New Plays Festival, Philadelphia PA; Sound design, Composition, 2011
The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh, dir. Daniel Student for Bootless Artworks, Wilmington DE; Sound design, Composition, Technical assistance, 2011. American Association of Community Theater Design Exhibition 2011 First Prize: Sound Design