Meet Corey Bradberry: Onstage and Behind the Scenes
By Jarmea Boone

 

Photo by Melissa Ray

Although he grew up enjoying and studying music, Kennesaw State University senior Corey Bradberry became fascinated with theatre in high school. “The creation aspect of theatre is the most intriguing to me,” he said. “The fleeting nature of theatre—the live performance that can never be recreated—is very attractive. It’s never the same twice, and it’s never boring.”

Corey’s commitment to exploring and understanding theatre is extensive, and he’s earned the Robert and Alivia Lipson Endowed Arts Scholarship to aid him in his studies. “Right now, I am focused on learning more about the technical aspects of theatre so I can have intelligent conversations with lighting designers and others behind the scenes in the future,” he explained. “I think everyone in theatre should know a little bit about everything—writing, designing, directing, acting. It all fits together, so you have to be able to work with your creative team to make it all fit.”

Corey began studying theatre at the university level in the fall 2006. He transferred to KSU after one of his favorite professors did the same. “I’ve loved KSU ever since,” Corey said. “I like the sense of community the university offers and the diversity of the learning curriculum. Our faculty specializes in storytelling; acting; technical aspects, such as lighting, sounds and design; and history/theory.”

Corey takes every opportunity in the classroom, with independent study and on the stage to continuously complement his knowledge of theatre. “Professors Harrison Long and Jane Barnette have been instrumental to my current understanding of theatre and its potential role in society,” he said. “Prof. Long has done a tremendous job with creating and cultivating the acting program here and it really shows in each new production.”

Corey’s active hand has led him to positions in the past KSU productions of “Urinetown” and “Fuddy Meers.” He has also directed in the “365 Days/365 Plays” production festival, as well as directed the independent show, “Howie the Rookie.”

“I enjoyed them all, but ‘Howie’ was my favorite because I got to take the entire journey of making a production, whereas an actor may only come in after the technical and textural aspects of the production have already been set in place. I feel that every element of theatre worked together in the production—the acting, the directing, the lights, the audience, everything. It was a tremendous moment for me to say ‘I have put this together and it has succeeded,’ and I think it helped to show that this is what we, as students, can accomplish.”

Corey’s well-rounded approach to theatre will prepare him for the competitive world outside of KSU. “You’ll most often find that those who are considered the ‘best’ in any field are actually those who work the hardest for it. I don’t believe in talent; I believe in working for it.”

After graduating this fall, one semester early, Corey plans to seek more experience in directing and acting in Atlanta area, then eventually move to Los Angeles to try film acting, and possibly Chicago or New York. “I’m flexible about these things. My one goal in my career is to be able to support myself financially off of theatre work. If I can achieve that, I will be happy.”

 

 

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