My Story

Photo by Andrea Young

Photo by Andrea Young

Welcome! I’m stoked you’re here. I’m Corrinne Theodoru, a photographer, filmmaker, dancer and overachieving, organization nerd. Some other life experiences? I was an avid street skateboarder for 13 years, and have folded community organizing into most of my adult life.

I grew up an only child on the beautiful lands of the Potawatomi people in Michigan, where climbing trees and building snow forts was a past time. At the age of 15, I knew film making and photography were my path. That year, my mom gave me her old Canon AE1 and my dad bought me a used hi-8 camcorder. With their support and an only child’s imagination, I was on my way.

It was also in Michigan where I received my formal training as a dancer and pursued dance in my early college years. After 3 years at Western Michigan University, I transferred to film school at Columbia College of Chicago, where I focused my efforts on editing and cinematography.

In 2004, I drove my Isuzu truck across the country to start anew on the lands of the Chinook people in Portland, Oregon. Building on my experiences in Chicago, I created an incredible film career for myself here, working as an editor, script supervisor and documentary cinematographer. And I wouldn’t be me without the vibrant life experiences the Portland skateboarding, organizing and dance communities have also offered me.

Thank you for reading my story and I look forward to hearing yours.