Cory Bowles is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has appeared as an actor in a number of film, radio, and television shows, receiving a Gemini for the role of “Cory” in the TV series Trailer Park Boys, which he currently serves as a director. As principal choreographer and director of the companies Verve Mwendo Dance, and Black Rabbit Entertainment, Cory has created over 70 works / choreographies for stage and film – his work reflecting his fascination to racial identity and cultural structures. He wrote and directed the award winning short films The Scavengers (Fantasia 2008) and Heart of Rhyme (TIFF 2011), Anatomy of Assistance (TIFF 2013) and Righteous (VIFF 2014) that combined, have screened in over 40 festivals worldwide. A sought after teacher and instructor, his workshops take him throughout Canada.
As a musician, Cory has scored film, appeared and recorded over a dozen releases, earning him a nomination in the inaugural Hip Hop/Urban category in the East Coast Music Awards. He has also composed for Dance companies, SINS, Mocean Dance, and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary.
Cory serves on the inaugural Arts Nova Scotia Board, is faculty at the Bishop’s University Drama Program and is an alumnus of the 2012 Directors lab at the Canadian Film Centre. He served as Director of Choreography for the CBC KIDS show The Mobiles and most recently is a director of the award winning CBC mini series Studio Black (Seasons 1 & 2). Cory is a finalist of the 2016 Telefilm Microbudget program for his project “Black Cop”, shooting in fall 2016, and has been fortunate enough to receive nomination for the 2016 Directors’ Guild of Canada award for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series.