Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Cory Kosel

An Outstanding Islander

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Stage Presence
Having the chance to live in somebody else’s shoes is always exciting for theatre major Cory Kosel, especially when singing and dancing is involved. The Temple, Texas, native recently spent his summer in Ithaca, N.Y., after he auditioned for and was one of 24 students accepted into the Hangar Theatre Acting Internship. While competing at a UIL State Competition during his senior year in high school, Kosel crossed paths with Kelly Russell, associate professor of theatre, and learned about Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After considering other Texas universities, Kosel says he chose the Island University for its Theatre Program, which he considers one of the best in the state. Kosel, who is often told that he resembles actor Jim Carrey, says he is impressed with the stage time he had his first semester as an actor in “The 1940s Radio Hour” directed by Don Luna and the individual attention he has received from professors. He has appeared in four main stage productions for each of the theatre professors. In “Twelfth Night,” he also played guitar and composed the score.  Recently, the Theatre faculty awarded Kosel the “Tour-de-force” Award for overall outstanding student and “Best Incoming Freshman.” He has also been recognized by his peers as “Best Comedic Performer” and “Most Diverse Actor.” Kosel, who has been on the Dean’s List from 2008 to 2010, advises that actors shouldn’t limit themselves to comedy or drama, but should experience all types of roles. Kosel, a member of the Islander Improv and the Islander Film Society, has served as a UIL Speech and Debate judge and One-Act-Play State Meet host and participated in the “Bones in School” elementary school outreach program. He has assisted as a note taker for students with disabilities, performed ballet and jazz in the Islander Dance Demo and has had many entries in University play festivals. His goals this school year are to join the theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega; offer his writing skills to the “Islander Waves;” and to start a performance poetry club on campus.

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