Corean Strong is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. As a youth she was an active member of the music ministry. A 1977 graduate of Jackson State University, she received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She was hired by IBM and spent a successful career there for 37 years.
Corean never lost her love of music. In 1997 she founded “One Accord Gospel Ensemble” who was a finalist in the McDonald’s Gospelfest 2000. She is also the director of music at New Hope Baptist Church in Danbury, CT where she directs two youth choirs and an adult choir. She also serves as the director of the drama ministry at New Hope where she found her love for theatre. She went on to perform in local theatre. She played a lead role as the grandmother in The Snow Queen and performed in Madam Butterfly in a production at SUNY Purchase, NY.
Corean’s combined love for God, music and theatre led her to another inspiring career – writing. She wrote her first full length gospel musical, All God’s Children Got Shoes in 2004. The musical debuted in Danbury, CT and is still touring in cities throughout Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. It was performed Off Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre in 2007 and won first place in the 2008 Agape Gospel Academy Theatre & Film Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. She also wrote an adaptation of The Glory Train which is on tour. Her other original play entitled The First Ladies Club featuring “the seven deadly sins” debuted in 2011 at the Danbury Palace Theater. This play is also touring.
Corean is the Founder & CEO of NaeRoc Productions LLC, a Christian based theatre company where she continues to write, direct and produce Christian plays. The plays are written to send a message, to change lives, to bring people to Christ. Corean attributes her success to her love for Jesus Christ.
She is a member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME), The Dramatist Guild and Black Women Connect. She actively ensures that community events are communicated throughout the area so that we can support each other. She coordinates the annual city wide Black History Month productions. She taught Drama at Pathways Academy in Danbury, a middle school for at risk boys. Corean is currently writing a screenplay and a children’s book. She is the proud mother of a daughter, Courtney Jayde Butler.
Corean is the recipient of the 2016 New York Metro Jackson State University National Alumni Association Award. She has won numerous “Best Play” awards in different world-wide festivals.
“LORD…GRANT ME INCREASE…ENLARGE MY TERRITORY”