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The Why

There is so much more to learn about the human experience than what we witness in our individual lives. During these times of polarity and singular truths, it can be difficult to find common ground and shared experiences.

That's where theatre holds its highest value; the ability to grow empathy through the shared experience of witnessing a new perspective live, and together.

Equity matters, and making space at the table for all voices to be heard is essential to my work as a director, producer, and administrator.

As a director, the stories I'm most drawn to are the ones we've never heard before; or, the stories we think we've heard and understood, but see new light within when told through a new lens. My passion lies in working with playwrights to develop new plays that share their stories through authenticity and innovation. I thrive in collaborative conversations with designers to create aesthetically cohesive productions that further the playwright's intentions. And, for me, it's most important to center the fun in this work; when we lose the joy for telling stories, their impact is undoubtedly affected.

The Who

Cory James Dunn (he/him) is a Producer and Director based in Queens, NY. Director [Selected]: Bye Bye Birdie (Endstation Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol Bake-Off Festival of Plays, "Fireside Chats Web Series", New Voices Aloud (McCarter Theatre Center); Mary Poppins Jr. (Gulfshore Playhouse); Jurassic Park the Musical, The Aliens, A Behanding In Spokane (Rogue Productions). Assistant Director [Selected]: The Gods of Comedy (Dir. Amanda Dehnert), A Christmas Carol (Dir. Adam Immerwahr), Detroit '67 (Dir. Jade King Carroll) at McCarter; Miss Keller Has No Second Book (Dir. Emilie Beck), Do This (Dir. Sheryl Kaller), The Christians (Dir. Kristen Coury) at Gulfshore Playhouse.


As the Temporary Artistic Line Producer at Roundabout Theatre Company, Cory produces the Refocus Project and Roundabout's developmental workshops for commissioned plays. He has also produced performances and new work by artists like Jason Robert Brown, Sutton Foster, Mandy Patinkin, Ira Glass, Lake Street Dive, Emily Mann, Paula Vogel, Santino Fontana, Sarah Ruhl, Karen Zacarías, Dessa, and Abby Govindan.


   Former Artistic Line Producer, McCarter Theatre Center; Production Manager, Gulfshore Playhouse. 2018-2019 McCarter Directing/Producing Apprentice. Former Teaching Assistant at Hangar Theatre. B.A. Creative Writing from Florida State University. 

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