About Cory: Cory the Clown® (a.k.a.) Cory Riback
At age eleven, Cory was making marionettes and formed Pinocchio Puppeteers performing shows in community libraries in the New York area. It was a natural progression to translate his artistic visions into film, video and performing. Riback attended the School of Art and Design High School where he learned film production and editing using 16mm film cameras. He then attended The Leonard Davis Center of Performing Arts and the School of Visual Arts where he majored in film production and editing. For fluid camera movement, his teacher suggested he study mime with Keith Berger. Cory discovered he enjoyed mime. He later studied mime with master teacher, Marcel Marceau. He was invited by On Stage European Circus to perform and he developed his mime and circus arts skills including riding 12’ tall unicycles.
He went on to produce and photograph Unicycle, a documentary for national PBS. He produced and was Director of Photography on Melvin Goes Disco, a 35mm HBO short. Through Corlin Productions, he produced and filmed 35mm for features and shorts, video for commercials, documentaries, and music videos. He has trained high school and college interns in robotic puppet construction, video production, editing and animation through his company, Corlin Productions. Cory developed a live circus arts variety show appearing with some of the best variety performers in the world. He was the opening act for Gloria Gaynor at Madison Square Garden. He was featured as Bob Hope’s 90th birthday performer on Bob Hope’s A&E Biography and he performed a magic show for Barbra Streisand’s 50th. In addition to performing 8,000 live shows, he has appeared in front of the camera in numerous commercials and films, including Jimmy Hollywood, HBO Entourage and In Living Color.
Cory created robotic puppets for his children’s educational segments, Cory's Learning Corner, on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations. He began with a motorized lion puppet and went on to develop additional robotic puppets. He launched Learn with Laughter, a not-for-profit organization to provide ancillary educational material to complement the learning segments and provide educational content and classes for students.
He is currently in production with Fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) live show with a FunwithSTEM.org Website through Learn with Laughter.
Cory teaches filmmaking and editing with an enrichment arts program for youth in Union County, NC. He is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Magic Castle.
Cory the Clown Characters
Through a focus group conducted by Langbourne Rust Research Group∗, the company that conducted research for Sesame Street and other popular public television shows, found that the maincharacter, Cory the Clown, appeals equally to girls and boys, which is significant when introducing educational concepts. The lessons presented on this Website will interest and inspire both boys and girls in environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts.