Cory Tamler - Alumna Graduation Date: 2009
Cory Tamler (class of
'09) is a freelance playwright, theatremaker, and teaching artist. She has a
passion for international collaboration and community engagement in the arts.
Past productions include What You Wanted (The Neapolitans) and Eighty-Four
(Collaboraction) in Chicago; The Yellow Wallpaper (Bakerloo) in Troy,
NY; You Can't Get Lost in America (Yinzerspielen) and The Funeral
(Pittsburgh New Works) in Pittsburgh; and You Can't Get Lost in America
and Left-Right-Straight (Theater Panoptikum) in Augsburg, Germany. In
2010, she began working with Open Waters Theatre Arts in Maine as the
playwright for Of Farms and Fables, a community-based theatre project
that is bringing together farmers and farm workers with professional theatre
artists to stage an original play about the future of farming in October 2011.
At the University of Pittsburgh, Cory founded 24-hour theatre company Redeye Theatre Project and served at the company's helm for 3 years, producing a total of 15 new play festivals. She worked within the Theatre Arts Department as a playwright and director, received a Research-Service-Learning grant to design an afterschool theatre workshop for young children in South Oakland, and was granted the University Honors College B.Phil. degree for her physics-based script City Lights, Receding (later workshopped by Red Tape Theatre in Chicago). Shortly after graduation Cory worked with fellow alumna Christina Kruise and the Theatre Arts Department to bring two original German-English plays, created by an international creative team of young artists, to Pittsburgh under the umbrella Yinzerspielen. This collaboration has continued to bear fruit, evolving into an international young artists collaborative that was invited to present at the Theatre Communications Group National Conference in 2011.
Cory is the recipient of a 2010/2011 Fulbright grant, and is funded by The MAP Fund as a lead artist for Of Farms and Fables. She is a proud member of international performance collectives Yinzerspielen and bluespotsproductions. When not working in the theatre or traveling, she enjoys agricultural work.