Corinne Meadors is an actor and vocalist who currently resides in Northern California. Originally a native of Massachusetts, Corinne has dedicated her life to acting and singing with a strong penchant for film. She attended the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History and also studied music with a focus in vocal performance. She studied theatre at Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, MA) and at H.B. Studio in NYC. She has performed throughout the Northeast and has traveled to the Czech Republic and Hungary as a vocalist. To further pursue opportunities on the west coast, Corinne moved to San Francisco in 2003. She currently lives in El Dorado County with her family and is represented by MDT Agency Inc. in the Bay Area and Tru Talent Agency in Reno, NV.
5 year old me.
The earliest stage direction that I can remember came from my father. The year was 1979 and I was in the third grade. "No... don't do that... just walk up to her and bow..." I was a royal child in "The King and I" and that year, both of my parents took on the monumental task of co-directing and producing the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. I attempted to replicate something I had seen in the Walter Lang version of the film. In the scene, the royal children are presented by the King (Yul Brenner) to "Mrs. Anna" (Deborah Kerr) and one child decides to sneak up behind Mrs. Anna to lift up her large hoop skirt to see what was underneath. My interpretation did not fly with my father however, my first desire to independently make a statement on stage remains a distinct memory. This stage experience, the entire experience, left a very deep, lasting impression. The costumes, the music, the friendships... everything was and remains as pure magic in my heart and soul. To this day, whenever I hear the music to "The King and I", watch the film or attend a live performance it is an emotional experience. Simply because everything about it is so moving and perfect.
My parents, Pierre and Leslie Paquin, were performers and met while in college during a production of "A Man for All Seasons". One look at my beautiful mother and my father knew she was "the one". Their love for performance and creativity as well as their appreciation for film, music, art and theatre gave my four siblings and I a well rounded exposure to the arts. We lived in the coastal city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, a city known for its fishing and whaling history (about a 40 min drive south of Boston). My Father worked as a foreign language teacher in the neighboring town of Fairhaven, was a radio announcer on the weekends and in his spare time, co-directed musicals with my mom. He was also a recording engineer and continues to run his company Sound Dynamics Associates but is retired from teaching. New Bedford has its own distinct culture where the people have a zest for life that can be described in many words... passionate, kind, straightforward, loyal, loving, funny as hell and full of a unique pride for the city they live in. It's a melting pot where folks are mostly of Portugese, Cape Verdian and French Canadian heritage and many of them are Catholic. I'm a mix of Irish and Czech on my mother's side and French Canadian on my father's. Growing up had its ups and downs but as a family we knew how to carry ourselves through the worst of times and relished in the best. Music was always playing in the house, rising up from the basement in my father's studio. Classical music is his passion and I grew to love it as well. I am also a huge fan of Jazz. Looking back, Motown, R&B and Rock were welcome in the home, with some exceptions. I was a lanky, hyperactive child with crazy whispy strawberry blonde hair and severely buck teeth. That's right... buck teeth. The kind where braces are your only hope for normalcy and I wore them for 7 years. My Mom once said to me about my pubescent years, "You experienced an extreme awkward stage." I managed to come out of that period of my life only somewhat unscathed... and I remember laughing ... a lot. Especially in junior high. I attended St. Joseph's Catholic School (or St. Joe's) and it was there that I was able to make some close friends. The girls and boys were divided most of the time. We ate lunch separately and played in separate school yards. This allowed me to be silly with my friends without feeling self conscious. I was otherwise painfully shy and constantly daydreaming. As a student however, I was extremely conscientious. I really tried. On Sundays, my family attended Mass at St. Joseph's Church, a cathedral built at the turn of the 19th Century and exemplary in Romanesque and Gothic details. My family and I sang together in the choir and it was during this time that I developed my singing. I knew how to sing in grammar school and knew then that I had something. Singing in a choir full of adults as a tween not only taught me how to sight read music, but also gave me a sense of teamwork. It gave me a sense of God's presence as we worked together to bring sacred music to life. Our choir director, George Campeau along with my father (who was also a soloist) worked in tandem on some occasions to bring the choir "up to code". The group was dedicated. The selections ranged from acceptable standards to choral masterworks.
I attended New Bedford High School and without a second thought I joined the Drama Club and felt safe and at home. In high school, my first on-stage performance was in Peter Pan and when I told people I was in the show they assumed I was "Wendy". I was not. I was "the crocodile". I appeared as a nun in The Sound of Music, "Lily St. Regis" in Annie and "Marion" in The Music Man. My role of "Marion" earned me the title of "Best Local Actress" at the age of 17. I also sang in the choir and considered the music department a sanctuary from the rest of the school. Earth and space sciences were my favorite subjects and I attribute my fascination with them to watching Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series at the age of 10.
In high school, my first on stage performance was in "Peter Pan"
and when I told people I was in that show they assumed I was "Wendy". I was not. I was "the crocodile".
I moved from New Bedford to attend college at the age of 17. From there, my life was comprised of a series of twists and turns but I remained faithful to some aspect of performing, be it theatre or music. I attended Bridgewater State College where I studied theatre, but eventually transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (or UMASS) and immersed myself in music and art and graduated with a B.A. in Art History, Cum Laude. I was happy to have my older sister Angela on campus with me as well. When we reminisce about our crazy years in the "happy valley", we consider ourselves fortunate. UMASS is part of a "five college system" which enabled me to take classes at Smith College. I also spent some time visiting my great aunt Hélène Paquin Cantarella who taught at Smith College and developed their film program. She was in her nineties and she lived an incredible life. Our conversations reigned supreme and she was an intellectual bad ass. We discussed history, music, art and of course, film. We agreed that film was the ultimate art form. During my summers home, I worked an assortment of typical menial jobs and also belonged to a theatre troupe in Marion, MA. After college, I moved to Milton, MA where I shared an apartment with my brother Andrew and worked in an art gallery across the street from Fanuiel Hall in Boston. This was a special time in my life because I was no longer hinged to some aspect of school and enjoyed a sense of liberation. Yes, we partied and memories of my life in Boston could easily be made into a film akin to a Richard Linklater classic ... or two. I also developed a passion for running that remains to this day. I loved living so close to and working in Boston, but I also needed to take an even greater step. I thought about moving to New York City and took the leap in 1993. While in NYC, I worked as an assistant manager in a clothing boutique in the heart of Rockefeller Center and lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, NJ. I loved New York City and my memories are very fond. It was during this time that I had the chance to work in film, just before the digital age and internet seeped into every aspect of the industry. My first speaking role was that of a naive teen named Virginia Muerte who was torn between love and tragedy. The film was called Scattered Limbs (Of the Dead Poet) and was directed by John Vincent Vargas. The cast and crew was very dedicated to the project. I remember my first day on set thinking, "This is how I want my life to be. I want to be an actor." I felt then, as I do now, that the "realm of the set" is a fascinating place. Be it theatre or film, there are no other creative communities quite like them.
After four years of living in the city, I took a break to be closer to my parents. My grandmother Eileen helped me to make the decision to move back to Massachusetts. She was the most comforting human being in my life and always had the right thing to say at the right moment. "You can always move back," she reassured me. That's all it took, but I knew that she wanted me home. In 1998, I moved to Cape Cod (my parents had relocated) and decided that I needed time to think and consider a new direction in my life. "The Cape" as it's often called, is unique and beautiful. It certainly has a calming effect and I took advantage of it. I spent hours listening to music with my father in his new basement studio and made many pots of coffee with my mom while we sat at the dining room table and talked from dawn to dusk. My little sister Bethany and I claimed territory on the beaches in Dennis, MA almost daily. I loved spending time with her, but eventually the fall season started to appear and in it's gradual take over, I decided to stay on the Cape. I immersed myself fully in music and continued to audition and appear in non-union commercials and industrials. As an actor, I appeared on the FOX New England broadcast of "Think Twice, It's Your Life" campaign in the music video "I Don't Have To Say Goodbye" (1999). It was a video that featured my intensely talented sister Mim as singer/ songwriter and I played the "abused victim". In 2000, I joined Cape Cod Opera Company and continued to develop my voice with director and instructor Tom Vasil. I also worked as a recitalist, soloist and voice teacher. With music, I focused on the elements within singing that would evoke the most accurate emotion using my voice. The subtle nuances that determine the meaning behind the verse. I worked at becoming fully aware and being in the moment. I wanted to be a better actor and used the vehicle of music as a training method. I accepted that within my life, I would consistantly ride a wave... a very deep desire that involved a need to share.
In the wake of 9/11, I had the opportunity to travel abroad with the choir the Chatham Chorale of Cape Cod and toured the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria where I also appeared as a soloist with the ensemble Virtuosi Pragenses. I made a concerted effort to visit the grave sites of some of my favorite composers: Dvorak, Smetana, Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert and the historic residences of Mozart and Haydn. When I returned to the states, I did so with a fresh perspective and decided to move to San Francisco. It was a relatively easy transition for I knew there were many opportunities as a vocalist and actor. I joined San Francisco Lyric Opera Company and also worked at the Legion of Honor Museum (San Francisco). I found a wonderful vocal instructor, Dr. Jay Pierson, who helped me to expand my repertoire. In 2004, I worked full time as a sales representative for a bio-tech company and it was here, that I met my husband Drew. We were a perfect fit for one another and shared a common adventurous spirit and sense of humor. My need for expression and passion for music did not subside.
In 2006, we moved to the historic "gold rush" city of Folsom, CA where I continued to further develop and expand my classical repertoire. I joined Vox Musica, a women's vocal ensemble based out of Sacramento. I also gave birth to two beautiful children, Lucian (we call him Luke) and Camille. Living so far away from home was difficult and I found myself homesick most of the time. I still managed to sing, act and raise my children but as a mother, I needed another outlet to relieve stress and give me time to think. My interest in running took on a new life and evolved into a discipline that covered the 5k to 50 mile Ultra Marathon distances and I became rather obsessed and competitive with the sport. In 2014, I became the production designer for Frogcatcher Films, LLC with my sister Mim as the CEO. In July of 2014, a sudden near death experience and health problem forced me to give up running leaving my health and my future very uncertain. My mother Leslie flew out from Massachusetts to help me recover and as each week passed, it became clear. I was not going to run like I used to. I made some very close friendships through running and my friends were and remain, like family to me. This experience served as the inspiration for me to write and direct a documentary called Ed Runs into the Sunset (currently filming) and in it I explore what it is about running that engages people so passionately with my friend Ed Echeverria at the center of the story. While in recovery, my mother supported me and was my greatest inspiration to remain optimistic but she also suggested I once again, not give up my love for film and acting. I still miss home, but her greatest reassurance lies in her statement, "God places you where you are needed most." In the fall of 2014, I received voice over instruction with Ray Nakamoto out of Sacramento and soon after, became a student of Charlie Holliday at the Mosaic Acting Academy in Rancho Cordova, CA and with Dennis Glasco in Sacramento, CA. I am also very blessed to be working with actor and coach Kirk Baltz, who has identified my hunger and need for expression and has given me well-grounded guidance where I can continue to comfortably take risks with guaranteed rewards. When I look back at all of this, I feel very grounded and settled. When I talk to my husband about my acting, my husband agrees, "It's who you are."