Christendom College alumnus Daniel Corey has recently been recognized by the Helen Hayes awards, with a nomination for his outstanding supporting role in the play, One Man, Two Guvnors. Corey, who earned his history degree from Christendom in 2003, was an acclaimed actor in many of the college’s theatrical productions during his four years on campus, before moving on to professional acting following graduation.
Performed by Tysons’ 1st Stage theater production group this past November, One Man, Two Guvnors featured Corey playing the upper-class, uptight Stanley Stubbers, a leading role in this English adaption of the famed Italian comedy. Corey has performed in or directed over seventy theatrical productions, finding success in the field thanks, in part, to his liberal arts education from Christendom.
“Theater companies look for smart actors willing to make bold choices on stage and off,” says Corey. “The skills I need to make those choices, I got from my experience at Christendom.”
While Christendom may not have a drama department, its rigorous liberal arts education is rich in the fine arts. The Christendom Players, a student group of actors and actresses, have staged countless productions over the years for the entertainment of the college and the wider community. Corey earned renown amongst the players and in the college community in the early 2000s for his performances in “A Man for All Seasons” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” experiences that worked in tandem with his liberal arts education to prepare him for future success.
“Building a character is like building a paper. That ability you learn from a liberal arts education to focus on the minutiae, to analyze the finer details, is key to acting, and helps you to make those bold choices,” he says. “A liberal arts education is one of the best places to start for a theater career — it’s not a disadvantage at all. The biggest disadvantage is the sense that you’re at a disadvantage, thanks to what many want you to believe. But this is not true, and can be overcome. You can be bold, and you can succeed.”
Corey will vie for the Helen Hayes award in early April. A series of theater awards named for the famed actress Helen Hayes, they have been presented by theatreWashington since 1983 to recognize excellence in professional theater in the Washington, D.C., area.
Every year, the Christendom Players produce two plays, one in the fall and one in the spring. While Christendom does not have a drama department, students from across all disciplines are welcome to audition for the performances, which have received much acclaim over the years. Past productions have included Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan, G.B. Shaw’s St. Joan and Pygmalion, the Broadway Musical Hello Dolly!, the suspenseful Witness for the Prosecution, and the amusing Here Comes Mr. Jordan. The latest Christendom production, And Then There Were None, will be performed April 24-26. To find our more about the fine arts at Christendom, please visit here.