Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario and has worked as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink, past Artist-in-Residence with National Arts Centre [NAC] English Theatre, and is the founder of Raven Theatre. His original musical (book/music/lyrics & direction) Children of God has had 3 national tours (Urban Ink, NAC English Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Segal Centre), and he was director, composer and co-book/lyricist for Les Filles du Roi (Fugue/Raven/Urban Ink/Cultch), Moonlodge (Urban Ink), and Sedna (Urban Ink/Caravan Farm Theatre). His next new musicals have been commissioned by Musical Stage Company (Toronto), Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), and Stratford Festival. He has been awarded the John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council, Jessie Awards for Composition and Direction, and Ovation Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Direction.