Corey Payette: Livestream Concert
MAY 31, 2020 at 3pm PST/6pm EST | FREE
About the Show
Live from The Cultch’s Historic Theatre. Urban Ink Artistic Director and TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival Co-curator Corey Payette will perform songs from his award-winning and critically-acclaimed musicals, including Cultch audience favourites Children of God and Les Filles du Roi, plus music from his spectacular new creation Sedna.
Presented as part of the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms.
About Corey Payette
Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario, and has worked across Canada as a playwright, actor, composer, and director. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink (Vancouver, BC), past Artist-in-Residence with English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre, and is the founding Artistic Director of Raven Theatre (Vancouver, BC), focusing on new works by Indigenous artists. Corey has worked as an Artistic Associate with Full Circle: First Nations’ Performance and The Indigenous Cycle at the National Arts Centre, an investigation into the broad spectrum of the Indigenous body of work being created within Canada’s borders. This cycle resulted in the creation of a new department of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre, which launched its inaugural season in 2019.
As a theatre creator, his original musical Children of God (book/music/lyrics & direction) was developed through the Collaborations in English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Firehall Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Urban Ink, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and Raven Theatre. Children of God had its world premiere in 2017 at the York Theatre (The Cultch), followed by tours to the Mainstage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, the Segal Centre in Montreal, a return engagement at the York Theatre (The Cultch) in Vancouver, followed by a tour of southern British Columbia.
His second musical Les Filles du Roi (music & direction, with co-book/lyrics with Julie McIsaac) was written in English, French, and Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) and had its world premiere in 2018 in Vancouver at the York Theatre (The Cultch), commissioned by Fugue Theatre and produced by Fugue and Raven Theatre, in association with Urban Ink and The Cultch.
Sedna (music composition & direction, co-created with Reneltta Arluk and Marshall McMahen) had its world premiere at Caravan Farm Theatre, co-produced by Urban Ink, and will tour to Vancouver in 2020. His next original musicals have been commissioned from Bard on the Beach, Musical Stage Company, and the Stratford Festival.
He has two musical albums “The Music from Children of God” & “The Music from Les Filles du Roi”, both scripts have been published through Scirocco Drama, and he’s released the piano/vocal songbook to Children of God. He is the 2017 recipient of the John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council, has won two Ovation Awards and two Jessie Awards for his writing and directing work. He is grateful to make his home on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and he acknowledges the past and future Elders of this beautiful land.