{ Corey Craig: Zen in the Art of Troublemaking }


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Corey Craig grew up in the Midwest where at 6 years of age he lost his father in a tragic accident. The next 7 years to follow Corey acted out and got into his fair share of trouble. Not until the eighth-grade did Corey stumble upon the one place where his rambunctious and outspoken nature were accepted and encouraged: Theater Class. Now unleashed, Corey began developing a real sense of his own artistic voice.

A twist of fate occurred when Corey was accepted into Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He packed up and moved and embarked on a new life. He thrived in his new environment and overcame the labels that were placed on him as a “troublemaker.” He went on to win Outstanding student in TV/Film, Comedic accolades and was chosen to speak at graduation in representation of the theatre department. He has numerous TV and film appearances including but not limited to Godzilla, Shameless, Greys Anatomy, and the Guild. He also founded the Troublemaker Foundation, an organization that inspires youth to achieve their potential through goal setting.

Corey’s lecture revolves around three key areas that are crucial for youth: Accept, Empower, Achieve. He challenges others to pay it forward, and cause a positive ripple effect. He is engaging, funny, and interactive.

“Your message hit me just when I needed it.”

– Barbara Hopkins, National Education Association

“Students moved, hearts opened…”

– Professor Taylor, Citrus College

“His stories pack an emotional punch – one that shifts paradigms.”

– Jan Bretz, TedXLincoln

“I was able to attend the event where Corey spoke and WOW was it an awesome experience. He was extremely genuine and high energy which is exactly what students need their first night at college. He had this awesome way of uniting strangers and getting people to come out of their shells. His message was enthusiastic, hilarious, honest and most of all vulnerable; it was great. We were lucky to have him speak!”

– Kylie Dyer, Longwood University – Lead Admissions Counselor