Cory Anderson first came to 16th St. curious why an accomplished and recognized director
would leave Chicago and start a theater in Berwyn. After deciding it had to do with
integrity and commitment, he put his attention on the incredible range, relevance and power
He grew to call himself “16th St.’s biggest fan” as he spread the word, “Berwyn?” “Yes, BERWYN!”
After a couple of his fan letters were quoted in promotional materials, a friend on the board
invited him to get more involved. When at his first board meeting, it was announced
that 16th Street needed a video for Bash 2019, he knew he was in the right place.
(Watch Cory’s 5-minute Faces of 16th Street Theater Video )
During a 20 year television career, he won over two dozen awards, including 6 regional Emmys, the
Peabody Award and major awards from the New York, Chicago and San Francisco International TV
and Film Festivals.
He has produced, directed and/or written everything from a special on the harmful effects of sugar;
Mehli Mehta & the American Youth Symphony; the love of flying; hot air ballooning;
Superkids—a series profiling kids and teens and their talents; music videos with content
called Rock’n’Reality; Tryout TV—a series that chose ideas from people with no TV experience,
then Cory helped them bring the idea to life as they learned how to make a TV show.
He also made over 100 segments for magazine shows.
Of the many celebrities he worked with, his favorites were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Diana Ross (with
whom he made a music video) and Walter Matthau (who hosted his American Youth Symphony
In his non-award-winning experience, he had enjoyable stints as a segment producer on the game
shows, To Tell The Truth and Third Degree.
While pursuing his TV career, he made stops in Madison, Wisconsin, San Francisco, New York,
Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Since returning to the Chicago suburbs where he grew up, he has
made internet video documentaries on The DuPage Community Clinic, NAMInation (National Alliance
on Mental Illness in Oak Park) and ART (Addiction Recovery Team).
He’s an active member of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, an ardent
photographer for fun and profit and a participant in men’s work for the last 25 years.
He is single and lives in River Forest.