Korey Michael Washington
The Culver City, California native has designed environments and scenery for theatre, film, tours and award shows for the past two decades. Mr. Washington has presented his design work in over 150 venues, arenas and theatres around the country including The Staples Center, The Kennedy Center, Los Angeles Theatre Center, The Alliance Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Madison Square Garden, Kodak Theatre and Universal Amphitheater to name a few.
The most prolific and excited production that Korey has been a part of is headed by his Executive Producer Tracey, his wife of 25 years and his Associate Producers, Clark Elizabeth, Jason Michael and Andrew Michael all of whom are glad to have him as the Creative Director on their life long production entitled, Family.
As America approached the major acknowledgement of honoring the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Washington was asked to join the creative team to celebrate the occasion of the unveiling of the great monument in Washington DC. This honor which culminated in a five day event including a star studded stage show featuring the cast of George Lucas’ Red Tails, two black tie galas including icons Stevie Wonder and Avery Brooks and the official monument unveiling with President Barack Obama.
After his nomination for his work on Get Low by the Art Directors Guild of America, Mr. Washington involved himself in several projects including the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. He took this opportunity to help establish the design and feel of a 12,500 square foot law firm and 15,000 square foot layout of office sets and courtrooms in four airplane hangars in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Having had many opportunities to display his design craft, few were more rewarding than the record breaking Kings of Comedy Tour. Mr. Washington was chosen to be the tours’ Production Designer and Technical Director which holds the attendance record for a single comedy show in the Guinness Book of World Records for 49,389 people attending. As the Creative Director of live shows for Codeblack Entertainment, he produces and designs tours for many promotion conglomerates including Live Nation, AEG Live and PSDG, Inc.
Not being a stranger to sacred events, he has had the opportunity to create faith based designs second to none. Currently, The Passion Play design for Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, California serves as the largest passion play event of the advent season in the country. With over 200 actors and an environment set that is over 120’ feet wide and over 3 stories tall, Washington’s scenery is admiredby repeat audiences of over 10,000 people each year.
He has always been an advocate for education and supporting youth. He has served as the Resident Designer for two youth conservatories, Amazing Grace Conservatory and Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. He also has earned the title of Unit Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America organization after being awarded Cubmaster of the Year and Pack of the Year simultaneously.
After starting his career at the Alliance Theatre, he decided to pursue his Masters Degree in Scenic Design Technology from the University of Georgia. Typically a three year program, Mr. Washington’s experience and professional work ethic helped him to complete the MFA degree in just 18 months. Academic institutions recognized the unique combination of African American designer and educator and actively pursued him to teach, create and share with students. His Bachelors of Arts Degree from Morehouse College and Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia have made Mr. Washington sought after as a Adjunct Professor of design at several universities including Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Spelman College and Alabama A&M University.