David Corlew
Chicago, IL
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David C.

Chicago, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
David's immense experience across a variety of disciplines has made him well-equipped to help students pursue their individual interests and goals. A classically trained singer, pianist, and violinist turned musical theater actor, accompanist, and fiddler, David lights up particularly at the mention of Debussy piano works, Mozart violin concertos, Tin Pan Alley songs, Scottish or Old Time fiddle, or music theory and aural training.

David is a Chicago-based performer. Just before COVID hit, he appeared in MURDER FOR TWO at the Actors Theatre of Indiana, a musical whodunit in which he played 14 different characters and piano throughout the show, and sang in the bass section of the prestigious William Ferris Chorale. He teaches on staff at the Chicago High School for the Arts, the Actors Gymnasium, and Aloft Circus Arts.

His varied interests in performing, which started as a musician at age 5, have brought him a slew of accompanist gigs, a B.S. in Theatre & Musical Theatre from Northwestern University, and two years of training at the New England Center of Circus Arts, where he specialized in duo trapeze during a period of life where he and music got angry at each other. Since returning to music, he has used his knowledge of anatomy and physical rehabilitation from his aerial work to help students find informed, tension free technique to avoid overuse injuries.

About David C.

I am a Chicago-based performer and teacher who never tires of the magic of watching students get better, including myself. Practicing is the first thing I like to do when I wake up and the thing I turn to when I want to feel better about the world - or just procrastinate on another, more difficult task. My specialties include classical piano, classical voice, violin, musical theatre, Scottish and Irish fiddle, music theory, ear-training, sight-singing, and anatomy.

I started playing violin and piano when at 5 and singing at 14. By the time I graduated high school, I had served as staff accompanist at a Presbyterian church, performed in the bass section of the Nashville Chamber Singers for two years, performed in a bunch of community musicals, placed 1st Chair in the TMEA All-State Choral Auditions for two consecutive years, earned 1st Prize at the Schmidt Vocal Competition, and earned a Myra Jackson Scholarship to study piano in the pre-college program at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. I had also earned myself some pretty severe tendonitis in both arms from overuse, a year away from playing, a whole lot of physical therapy to recuperate, and a fair amount of confusion and anger to work through. My experiences with those injuries and feelings have resulted in an emphasis on physical awareness, knowledge of the body, and joy in exploration in my work with students.

I attended Northwestern University on a merit scholarship to study in the Vocal Performance program in the Bienen School of Music, where I connected with my voice professor, Kurt Hansen. Despite my love of classical voice, I knew at the time that my professional interests lay in music theatre and acting. So, continuing to study in Kurt's studio, I transferred to the School of Communication, where I studied acting and playwriting, graduating with a B.S. in Theatre/Music Theatre.

Upon graduating, I promptly fell in love with circus arts, eventually studying trapeze at the New England Center for Circus Arts, where I also took advantage of New England's vibrant fiddling scene. I have since made a hybrid career of all-of-the-above, often working multidisciplinary contracts in the ever-expanding niche of Actor-Musician, playing characters that demand high physicality (like Thing 2 in an aero-infused production of CAT IN THE HAT), or working as a music or movement supervisor on theatrical production teams.

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Experience

Teacher
Aug 2020 - Present

Chicago High School for the Arts

Teaches Musical Theatre History in the Theatre Department and Acting for Vocalists in the Voice Department, private lessons instructor for vocal students

Section leader/soloist
Sep 2019 - Present

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

Baritone section leader and soloist for OLMC's 30-member auditioned choir.

Teacher
Sep 2019 - Present

Aloft Circus Arts

Teaches Beginning and Intermediate Trapeze & Advanced Beginning Silks

Actor/Musician
Jun 2013 - Present

David

Chicago-based actor and musician with credits at the Actors Theatre of Indiana, Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the House Theatre of Chicago, Writers Theatre, First Folio Theatre.

Teacher
Jun 2013 - Present

Actors Gymnasium

Core instructor teaching aerial arts (trapeze and fabric) in the recreational and professional training programs for adults and youth. Co-choreographer for the company's bi-annual Youth Circuses.

Section leader/soloist
Dec 2016 - Jul 2019

Church of the Holy Comforter

Baritone section leader and soloist.

Teaching Assistant
Jan 2019 - Jun 2019

Northwestern University

Assisted renowned choreographer and teacher Sylvia Hernandez-Distasi in providing NU's first ever on-campus Circus Movement class for undergraduate theatre majors.

Teacher
Jun 2015 - Aug 2016

New England Center for Circus Arts

Core staff instructor - taught Trapeze 101, Fabric 201, General Aerials. Coached for the Intermediate Youth Program and WRCC programs.

Accompanist
Aug 2007 - Sep 2009

First Presbyterian Church

Staff accompanist - played for the Sunday morning choirs and helped arrange instrumental music for services.

Education

Duo Trapeze
Sep 2014 - May 2016

New England Center for Circus Arts

Theatre, Musical Theatre
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Northwestern University

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