Musical Theatre and Theatre Teacher
Corey Mitchell has twenty years in the classroom and is into his fifteenth year at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC where he teaches acting and leads a dynamic musical theatre program. His Musical Theatre History final exams have become legendary, and his love for Uta Hagen is unparalleled. Corey does not shy away from material that challenges his students, the audience, or his own skills. Some of the most notable of the seventy plus productions include For Colored Girls..., Pippin, Edges, Aida, Rent and Hair. During his career, Corey has garnered recognition as a director, performer, and teacher, including the North Carolina Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator. In 2015, Corey was selected out of over 7000 nominees as the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award presented by the American Theatre Wing and Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, out of a pool of over 22,000 educators, Mitchell was selected as a top 50 Finalist for 2017 Global Teacher Prize.
In addition to his work at Northwest, Corey is involved as a director and actor with the Charlotte area theatre community and is a strong advocate for arts education through his work on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Theatre Conference and The Arts Empowerment Project. Additionally, Mitchell, his colleagues, and his students are the subject of the 2017 feature-length documentary Purple Dreams. The film chronicles the journey of Northwest's production of The Color Purple and its journey to the main stage of the International Thespian Festival The documentary was produced by GreyHawk Films and underscores the transformative power of an effective arts education.
With past and present students performing, writing, and composing for community, university, and regional theatre, as well as theme parks, independent and studio films, the West End, national tours, and Broadway, Corey Mitchell is proudest of the love for the stage he instilled in thousands of young artists over the years.