Born in Manhattan, Corey Parker began his training at the age of 14, when he began private lessons with Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio instructors Susan Batson and Sandra Seacat. It was at age 14 that Corey was accepted into the famed High School of Performing Arts which he attended for four years. During that time he studied with Tony Abeson (fresh from his work with Jerzy Grotowski) and with Marat Yusim (Moscow Art Theater.) As a 16 year old, Corey helped build sets at the Woodstock Playhouse, starred in his first NYU student film, worked as stage manager in an off-Broadway production by Charles Gordone, and appeared in his first audition for the Actors Studio.
At 17, Corey graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan with Honors and attended New York University under full scholarship. He left early when Lorimar flew him to London to work with director Michael Winner (director of Marlon Brando’s “Nightcomers.”) Corey brought his script to and sought coaching from the renowned acting coach Mira Rostova [coach to Montgomery Clift].
In pursuit of developing his craft, Corey committed a year of his life to studying with the renowned instructors Uta Hagen, and the Viennese director Herbert Berghof. On stage, Corey appearedin three productions under the direction of Mr. Berghofincluding: Last Days in New York, Old Flag by Vincent Canby, and Blind Date by Horton Foote (Corey appeared in two separate productions of this play at the request of Mr. Foote.) Mr. Berghof daily addressed the lessons he had learned from the great Max Rinehardt. Mr. Berghof and Miss Hagen made a very rare personal and professional investment in the training of the young actor.
Corey is a 25 year member of the Actors’ Studio in New York-- at 20, he was one of the youngest actors ever accepted. Corey was in the Steppenwolf Theater Production of Orphans, directed by Gary Sinise, replacing Kevin Anderson.
At the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where Corey is a 25 year member, Corey starred in many productions of one act and full length plays. Ring of Men with Jessie L. Martin, Bloodletters by Richard Greenburg, and Been Taken by Roger Hedden, directed by Billy Hopkins; Rose Cottages, directed by Risa Bramon Garcia. The Semi Formal and others.
At the Public Theatre under artistic director Joseph Papp, Corey appeared in the full production of Young Playwrights Festival and staged readings of Coming of Age in SOHO by Albert Innaurato. Other theater credits: Viaduct at the American Place, One O’ Clock—a reading directed by Lanford Wilson. In Los Angeles, Corey starred at the Mark Taper Theater with Tom Hulce in Nothing Sacred, an adaptation of Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. In addition, Corey starred in FIVE ACTORS at the Ensemble Studio Theater--Los Angeles. Corey has taken part in many staged readings, with the likes of John Malkovich, Marsha Mason, Tea Leone and many others. He has also performed in readings for J.J. Abrams, Arnon Milchon and Billy Hopkins.
Mike Nichols cast Corey as Epstein in “Biloxi Blues,” working with Christopher Walken, Mathew Broderick, and Neil Simon. He then appeared on ABC’s “thirtysomething,” Corey played Lee, the painter. Corey was asked to appear onstage at the 61st Academy Awards with a select group of young actors. Soon afterward, he received the call from Neil Simon to join the cast of his play being made into film "Broadway Bound” for ABC, with Anne Bancroft and Hume Cronyn. Afterwards, Corey flew to London to work on the BBC/ PBS coproduction of “Lost Language of Cranes” with Brian Cox and Eileen Atkins. Corey has starred in the 20th Century Fox film, “How I got into College,” Universal’s “White Palace” with James Spader and Susan Sarandon, Viacom’s “Hunchback of UCLA”, Lorimar’s “Scream For Help”; the independent Films “Fool’s Paradise” ; costarred in “Mr. and Mrs. Loving” with Timothy Hutton and Lela Rochon; “I’m Dangerous Tonight” a Showtime production with Anthony Perkins and Madchen Amick; “At Mother’s Request” on CBS with E.G. Marshall; “A Mother’s Prayer” with Linda Hamilton and Bruce Dern. And “Grandpa’s Funeral,” a short with Jon Favreau.
Corey has appeared in 8 Network Pilots, as well as having his own series “Flying Blind” with Tea Leoni on the Fox Network. Corey starred in “Eddie Dodd” alongside Treat Williams for ABC. Corey has starred on CBS in the television movies “Destiny, the Liz Taylor Story,” as Eddie Fisher, “Courage” with Sophia Loren, on CBS, and “Encino Woman” for ABC. Other series include Aaron Spelling’s “Love Boat,” as Doctor Morgan and he starred in “Blue Skies” on ABC with Richard Kind. He also appeared as a guest in Breastmen with Chris Cooper, in “Touched by an Angel” on CBS and numerous episodes of “Will and Grace” on NBC.
In Memphis, Corey has starred in two independent films shot in Memphis: William Bearden’s “One Came Home” (included in Memphis International Film Festival 2010) and novelist/ screenwriter Brian Pera’s “A Woman’s Picture” with Ann Magnuson and Amy LaVere.
As a teacher, Corey has taught classes in New York and Los Angeles since 2000 at the studios of mentor Susan Batson and teacher Lesly Kahn. He was personally certified by Ivana Chubbuck to teach the method made famous in her book "The Power of the Actor." He has coached privately with many noted talent in the Film and Music industries, including Sean Combs on the Broadway production of “Raisin in the Sun,” Gabriel Mann in Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders' "Don't Come Knocking", Brazilian actor Caua Reymond, “Yelling to the Sky” director Victoria Mahoney, “Formosa” producer and star Will Tiao, Tyson Beckford, MC Lyte, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and recording artist Mya. Corey was guest teacher at Rhodes College from 2009- 2010. He taught his Masterclass to Opera Students at Operafest on Martha's Vineyard in 2010. He teaches regularly in Memphis and has conducted his Workshops in NYC in 2010 and 2011.