corey smith
composer, writer, performer









Corey Smith (born 1992, Temperance, Michigan) is a composer, writer, and performer based in Chicago, Illinois. He works in a hybridized performance style — a synthesis of original music, text, and movement. He is a 2017 and 2018 grantee of the City of Chicago's Individual Artist Program as well as a 2018 recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Corey has been an artist in residence at Light Box Detroit, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and Grin City. His work has been seen at Links Hall, the Detroit Fringe Festival, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House, and numerous venues around the USA. His longstanding project, The New Prairie School, has been featured by Architectural Digest.

Corey is an avid collaborator and has worked in various capacities as sound designer, assistant director, performer, composer, and/or devisor for artists such as Every House Has a Door, Rough House Puppet Theater Company, the Suburban Piano Quartet, director Lindsey Barlag-Thornton, and many others. Most recent collaborative credits include works seen at the Bath Fringe Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, Co-Prosperity Sphere, the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, and Roman Susan.

Corey is an MFA candidate in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied under Kristin Kuster, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, and Holly Hughes. He is a collaborator, a friend, a proud midwesterner.