Corya Kennedy Channing


Continuing Lecturer


Phone: (219) 989-2267

Fax: (219) 989-2008


Corya Channing enjoyed a dozen years in the television post production and computer graphics industry as a marketing and sales representative before returning to college in 1991 to renew her teacher’s license. She completed a minor in Speech Education and then went on to earn a second Master’s degree in Communication, while serving as a graduate teaching assistant in the Communication and Creative Arts Department. Channing also taught at IU Northwest, Valparaiso University and Davenport College, and then joined the PUC faculty full-time in 2000. Since then, she has been teaching a variety of communication courses in the area of Theatre, Voice and Diction, Business and Professional Speaking, Interviewing and Small Group Communication.  Last spring she directed the world premiere of the musical, Children of the Earth, by John Lisbon Wood.  She is currently directing a play for the Purdue Theatre Company, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

She created a performance art piece entitled “The Homeless Women’s Hall of Fame” which was presented on campus in 1996; in 2000 at the National Communication Association conference in Seattle and again in 2004 at Central States Convention in Cleveland, OH. She has presented several one-woman shows based on characters of her own design: Tushka Babushka, the Gypsy Storyteller, has performed at area libraries and elementary schools, as well as for Building Community Through the Arts events on campus.  Her original scripted performance piece “The Sexy Crone” was presented at Central State’s Speech Conference in Milwaukee in 2002. She created a performative ethnography based on the life of Alberta Rehm Schulz, one of the original Brown County, Indiana artists.

Besides theatre and acting, Channing enjoys cooking (her catering company, Corya’s Bliss, prepared meals for the Ethnic Women’s Writer’s Conference at PUC in 1999) and gardening. She is the vice President of the Miller Garden Club.

M. A. in Communication, Purdue University Calumet
M. S. English major, Radio-TV minor Indiana University, South Bend
B. S. in Education, English major, Radio-TV minor Indiana University, Bloomington