I had the opportunity to interview Corey Bradberry, the executive director of The Collective Project. The Collective Project, Inc. is a theatre and performance group that creates original work for Atlanta, by Atlanta. Read on to learn more about Corey and his exciting projects…
Katie Owerbach: Are you an Atlanta Native?
Corey Bradberry: I was born in Dallas, Texas, but I’ve lived in the metro area since I was in elementary school, so I consider myself a native as much as the next fellow.
KO: Describe your artwork?
CB:I work in the theatre as an actor, director, writer, singer, musician, producer, and more. I co-founded the Collective Project, a resident performance company at the Goat Farm in midtown. We produce exclusively original work that features Atlanta artists, be they writers, performers, or designers. I’ve been mostly involved with smaller black-box productions… I love the intimate feel smaller spaces lend to an audience.
KO: What are your current projects?
CB: I am currently performing with the Alliance Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” but I am also producing and directing some pieces for the Collective Project’s December show, “The Theory of Everything.” It features 19 original short pieces and each night, the audience votes on what pieces they will see and the show order is determined by number of votes. It’s a raucous ride and the result is a show custom-built for each audience, as the pieces range all across the theatrical gamut. It runs December 8-22 and we can’t wait to hear audience feedback!
KO: How can people learn more about your work?
CB: www.thecollectiveprojectinc.com has all the information about the comings and goings of the Collective Project. We also have a Facebook and Twitter page.
KO: How do you see “the arts” helping Atlanta?
CB: Atlanta is in desperate need of having its voice heard. The arts have been truly blossoming the last few years and I hope that trend will continue. The arts allow an opportunity for the community to come together and share an experience. Effective art leaves people with a new perspective in mind and the more artists creating work in Atlanta, the further that conversation will go.
KO: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
CB:I hope to build upon the foundation we’ve established with the Collective Project in whatever form it takes. I am currently exploring more of the film and tv arena that Atlanta has recently discovered.
KO: Have you participated in any Ignite workshops? What did you enjoy most from these workshops?
CB: Yes, I participated in Ignite over the summer of 2012. It was a great opportunity to hear about what other arts entrepreneurs were working on and to have a continual sounding board for new ideas. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Thank you Corey!