Actor Singer Stuntman
Kirk Corley is a frequent visitor to various DFW stages and indie film screens. Some of his favorite roles include Joey in Sister Act, Sir Dinadan in Camelot, and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden. He recently began playing Santa Claus for local businesses and charity events. For 18 seasons, he could be found bearded and robed on the stages of The Promise both in Glen Rose, TX and Brandson, MO. He has achieved Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has worked as a stuntman, fight choreographer, and fight captain. He is the resident fight captain for The MerFriends for which he also appears as Captain Hook. He is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in vocal performance. Kirk is a tenor with an impressive vocal range. During the day, he is a master carpenter for Dallas Stage Scenery. In his free time, Kirk enjoys writing short stories, reading comic books, and taking spontaneous road trips with his wife Laura Lea.
"Okay, let's think this through... and then let's have some fun!"
"Corley is cunning as the fool. Feste, though always the consummate fool, has a more melancholy side that flashes in some of his songs and during the fooling of Malvolio who had earlier embarrassed him. Corley makes distinguishing these moments possible with a carefully choreographed performance that still retains an air of spontaneity. Among a talented cast, he leads the way."
- Kris Noteboom reviewing Twelfth Night for Theater Jones
"Kirk Corley did an amazing job as Chauvelin, the cutthroat citizen of France bent on routing out subversives. Corley’s acting was simply superb, portraying a menacing presence every time he took the stage. Whether he was placing people in the guillotine or trying to force Marguerite to aid him in his quest for the Scarlet Pimpernel, Corley’s intensity in his facial expressions denoted focus and anger. However, when Corley sang “Falcon in the Dive” you could almost feel sorry for Chauvelin. Corley’s tone and manner was more of a man that was thrust in to an unlikely but necessary role."
- Erik A. Maskell reviewing The Scarlet Pimpernel for The Column
"Mr. Corley is electrifying in his role of Christmas Present! His energy, character driven movements, gestures, facial expressions and overall presentation are wonderful. He provides a thoroughly exciting experience to watch. Mr. Corley commands the stage, as his character should, and keeps you involved with that contagious smile and laugh!!"
- Richard Blake reviewing Scrooge the Musical for The Column