Cori Dioquino is a Filipino American actor based in NY and Baltimore. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of four from Pasay City, Philippines and was raised in Laurel, Maryland. She began training as a competitive pianist before switching her focus to theatre in college. Cori earned her Associate of Arts in Music Performance from Howard Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Studies and Performance from Towson University.
Cori worked as a stage actor throughout Maryland and DC after receiving her undergrad. She eventually began booking on-camera work and appeared in several indie films and web series. She also appeared in regional and national commercials and print ads before she began training and working at McKinnon Acting Studios.
Cori guest starred in an episode of Deadly Affairs (2014) as a young, domestically abused mother. In the fall of 2018, Cori appeared in episode 9 of Netflix/Marvel’s third season of Daredevil as the crime boss Sophia Carter. In April 2019, she made her second costar appearance as a police officer on the CBS drama FBI in episode 119 “Conflict of Interest”.
Cori is represented by CMA Entertainment in both New York City and Los Angeles. She continues to work as an actor in NYC, Baltimore and DC.
Cori co-produced her first short film, Accountability, with fellow actress and producer Vanita Kalra in the Fall of 2018. The film, which Cori also wrote, is set for release in 2019. In December of 2018, she became one of The Motor House Baltimore’s first Creative Crossroads Producers - helping to launch a new residency program dedicated to creating artistic programs and opportunities for local Baltimore artists.
She is also a dedicated arts integration educator. Cori received her Level 2 certification in arts integration from the Teaching Artist Institute in 2017. She worked as a full-time theatre teacher in a Baltimore City Public School through Single Carrot Theatre and continues to work as a teaching artist through Young Audience’s Summer Arts and Learning Academy.
Cori is an outspoken advocate for stronger Asian and Pacific Indigenous American representation in the arts. In 2017, she launched a blog called I Am Not A Ninja, which addresses the misrepresentation and lack of APIA stories in the entertainment industry and popular culture. In August of 2018, Cori co-founded and was elected a Co-Executive Director the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC) - an organization dedicated to strengthening racial understanding between communities and empowering youth through artistic practice and community engagement. She continues to produce work that represents the identities and stories within the APIA community.