Corey Atkins is a director based in New York City. Credits include, as Director: 8 by Dustin Lance Black, the CPH CENTENNIAL PLAYS, BENEATHA'S PLACE by Kwame Kwei-Armah (reading), and filmed monologues by Philip Dawkins, Kimber Lee and Lisa Loomer for C.A.R.E, a national pilot program supported by the U.S. Department of Education - Cleveland Play House; HAMLET (adapter/director) - Lincoln Center Theatre Open Stages/Lincoln Center Institute; Amy Herzog's BELLEVILLE and COCK by Mike Bartlett - Dobama Theatre (Cleveland); Will Eno’s THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) - Amphibian Stage Prod. (DFW, TX); Georg Büchner’s LEONCE AND LENA (adapter/director), Lia Romeo’s MRS. HENDERSON’S CAT (premiere), and REELING by Barry Kornhauser - Hangar Theatre; Naomi Wallace’s SLAUGHTER CITY (5 Austin Critics’ Table nominations) and BETWEEN THIS BREATH AND YOU (premiere reading, with the playwright), AISLE 7 by Kendall Lynch (premiere, Critics’ Table nomination, “Best Direction”), and THE CONDUCT OF LIFE by María Irene Fornés - UT Austin; as well as projects for Austin Script Works. Assistant or Associate Director: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theatre/The Acting Company (2010 Staff Repertory Director), Keen Company, Portland Stage Company, and the State Theatre Company (Austin). Corey was awarded the prestigious W.H. ‘Deacon’ Crane Award by the Austin Critics’ Table for his cumulative work in Austin.
From 2011-2016 Corey was a member of the Artistic Staff of the 2015 Tony Award-winning Cleveland Play House. Highlights of his time in Cleveland include helping to redefine the company's relationship with its audiences through a unique suite of free community programs called InsideCPH. As Associate Producer, he also created, directed and produced multiple special events and productions during the company's 2015-16 Centennial Season.
Corey was Editorial Associate on the award-winning anthology Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences (2009 Distinguished Book Award, American Alliance for Theatre & Education) and contributed an interview essay to the first anthology of plays for young audiences by Stephen Dietz, published in the Spring of 2015.
Corey is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a finalist for the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship with Michael Greif. He has been a volunteer for the Translation Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, an Associate with The Sol Project, and currently works as Artistic Associate at the Obie-winning The Playwrights Realm. He holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin.