Cory Tamler

  • Alumna

Cory Tamler (class of '09) is a writer, translator, theater artist, and emerging scholar who has made research- and community-based performances in NYC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Germany, Serbia, and beyond. As a 2010 Fulbright scholar in Germany, she wrote about Berlin's post-migrant theater movement. Her critical and personal writing has been published by The Offing, Culturebot, Extended Play, Howlround, ArtParasites, Exberliner, Interartive, and the Berlin Theatertreffen, and her translations appear in The Offing, Asymptote (2013 Close Approximations Translation Contest winner), and The Animated Reader: Poetry of the Surround Audience (in association with the New Museum Triennial, 2015). She is part of The Civilians' Field Research Team and a collaborating artist on PENOBSCOT, an Open Waters performance project in Maine. In 2015, she spent a month aboard an oceanographic research vessel in Micronesia as an experiential writing retreat. She is the Spring 2016 R&D Fellow at the New Museum (NYC), where she is engaged in research, documentation, archival, and performance activities around the theme LEGACY.

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 theater 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 and went on to produce performances in NYC (Casa de Pessoa, Test Kitchen, stuck but can't shut up (-__-)) and to bring the performance series Unlisted to Pittsburgh in 2014.

Cory has also continued teaching creative writing and performance to youth and adults of all ages with Writopia Lab, The School of Making Thinking, Brooklyn Acts, The Telling Room, BEAM Camp, and more. She has lived in Chicago and Berlin, and has been based in Brooklyn since 2012.