corey smith
composer, writer, performer









Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He is classically trained, but is interested in an art that obscures the boundaries between worlds: words that are sound, music that is image, body that is text. He is in search of a personal and regional identity that contains contradictions, one that is queer, questioning, ephemeral. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner.

Collaboration is an integral part of Corey’s artistic practice. Most recent collaborative credits include works performed at Defibrillator Gallery, the Chopin Theater, Links Hall, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. He is a founding member of the Suburban Piano Quartet, an experimental performance group, which has collaboratively created numerous evening-length performances. Most recently, he worked as an assistant director and composer for We Are a LightHouse, a piece of experimental theatre with director Lindsey Barlag-Thornton. He was also the sound designer for Rough House Theater Company's production of Cicada Summer, a score which was praised by Windy City Times as "delicate, ethereal and ... speaking volumes when words are unspoken."

Corey is also a solo performance artist. He works in a hybridized performance style — a combination of original music, text, and choreography. He has been an artist in residence at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. He is a recipient of a 2018 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and a two time recipient of the DCASE Individual Artist Program grant.