Coley Campany is a visionary artist known for her grounded and sometimes oddball humor and heartfelt works that explore the width and depth of the human experience. With a passion for collaboration and being an excellent vibe, Campany's creations reflect a profound curiosity about the world and an innate desire to challenge conventional norms. Often described as a chameleon, Coley likes to say that she's a little bit artsy and a little bit fartsy.
Born and raised in a small town in Mississippi, Campany developed an early appreciation for various cultures and their profound beauty when her mother put her in classical ballet at the age of five. She would go on to have an eleven-year career as a professional ballet dancer in Memphis, TN. She spent summers in her teen years studying with Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Met, and as an adult, she worked for two summers in Gotland, Sweden training with The Royal Swedish Ballet. Some of her favorite roles have been dancing leads in Martha Graham's Lamentation and Serenata Morisca and working alongside Elisabeth Corbitt while learning and teaching William Forsythe technologies. She taught preteen and teen ballet for eleven years during this time as well. Toggling between the high artistry and wealth of the ballet world and her low country reality, complete with a yard full of broken-down cars, opened Coley up to the variations of human experiences. This deep connection to people and culture drives her artistic practice as she seeks to capture its essence and translate it into visual form.
After several injuries and pregnancy losses, Coley left ballet behind and moved to NYC to start a new career path as an actress, writer, and director. She began her education studying with renowned acting teacher Anthony Abeson and found her artistic home in The Labyrinth Theater Company Intensive Ensemble. This is where she started developing her voice and 'kitchen sink' storytelling style. LAB gave her the permission and confidence to trust that however the story came out (song, dance, poetry, scene, monologue), she could find a way to weave it all together.
While at LAB, she met one of her writing partners and collaborators who shared her pregnancy loss stories, and together they created Still, Birth., A Play About Pregnancy Loss. It's had several productions in NYC and a plan for the next one in LA.
A move to Atlanta, GA, ignited Coley's next phase of work on film and television shows such as The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Candy, Mike, Heels, Found, and Loving. She continued to write but added sketch comedy, directing, and producing to her growing body of work. Coley has written, directed, edited, and produced around fifty short films, sketches, and music videos and continues developing her play and advocacy work around women's reproductive health.
Constantly seeking to innovate and experiment, Coley explores her life, creative collaboration, emerging technologies, and intuition in her quest to push artistic boundaries. She continues developing her film and television career as an actor, writer, director, and producer in Los Angeles, CA, where she shares her home with her soulmate, Aoki, a fourteen-year-old peek-a-poo.
Constantly seeking to innovate and experiment, Coley explores her life, creative collaboration, emerging technologies, and intuition in her quest to push artistic boundaries.