O'Fallon Progress

From TV to radio job, OTHS grad wanted to be close to O’Fallon

Kevin Corpuz
Kevin Corpuz

Kevin Corpuz is a whirlwind of motion, whether he is working out, rehearsing musical theater or cheering on his beloved Chicago Cubs.

Corpuz, 26, has been the digital sales coordinator for CBS Radio in St. Louis (KMOX, KEZK and Y98) for about a year and a half.

He works on the company’s digital campaigns, e-mail marketing and social media.

With his boundless energy and sunny disposition, he is often occupied in his off-hours.

“I love being busy, so I try to fill up my schedule when I can,” he said. “I spend a lot of time at the gym, taking boxing classes, or hanging with friends and family.”

Corpuz was born at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and grew up mainly on the west side of Chicago.

The recent World Series victory by the Cubs was “the greatest moment of my life,” he said. It was even more special to be able to share the experience with his family, he said.

His family moved to O’Fallon in 2000: dad Danilo, mom Eileen, and three sisters Cattleya, Kim and Chelsea. He’s the third child.

They settled in O’Fallon, where his dad retired, and is grateful for the upbringing.

“I remember having great teachers and amazing friends. I lived in a very friendly neighborhood with kids who were my age. I was never bored growing up,” he said.

A 2014 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, he wanted to work in either media or marketing, so he majored in mass communications.

He returned to Chicago after college, to become a client service representative for NBC Ch. 5.

“I came back to be closer to home. I was also offered an amazing opportunity with CBS Radio,” he said.

He enjoys his job, mainly for “the people I get to work with every day.”

His love of performing began at an early age, for his mother taught dance.

“I have been dancing since age 3. My mom taught Filipino folk dancing so my siblings and I had no choice,” he said. “I grew up watching and copying Michael Jackson, as well as falling in love with hip-hop dancing,” he said.

While at O’Fallon Township High School, graduating in 2008, he became very involved in the music program, participating in the show choir.

“My love for musical theater began at OTHS,” he said.

“I remember seeing ‘In The Heights’ for the first time in 2009 and thought, ‘Wow. I can really do this.’ Since then, I have been trying to learn more and gain more experience,” he said.

I love the adrenaline rush of performing. There’s nothing better than being in front of the audience and sharing something you love.

Kevin Corpuz

In recent years, he has performed with professional theater companies in St. Louis. His credits include “Rent,” “Heathers” and “American Idiot” at New Line Theater, plus the recent “Love? Actually” program at R-S Theatrics, which included Lin-Manuel Miranda’s one-act musical “21 Chump Street.”

Next up is “Hell” in January with Theatre Nuevo. He is part of the five-person cast who will perform the show Jan. 18-21, 25-28 in The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive, in St. Louis.

The professional theater company was founded in 2015 by Anna Skidis, who grew up in Fairview Heights and is an SIUE graduate. They are committed to new works and spotlighting the local community, with diversity in mind.

“I love working with Anna Skidis. They are committed to serving the diverse community here in St. Louis,” he said. “I find that to be very important when it comes to theatre. Seeing diversity on stage brought me to the theatre in the first place.”

In local community theater, he has performed in “Smokey Joe’s Café” at Alfresco Productions in Granite City, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Brass Rail Players at Lindenwood in Belleville, and in several Take Two Productions in St. Louis, including “Les Miserables,” “Tarzan” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

“I love the adrenaline rush of performing. There’s nothing better than being in front of the audience and sharing something you love,” he said.

He moved to St. Louis last year, but visits family frequently in O’Fallon. His father, now retired from the Air Force, works at the base as a contractor. His mom works in customer service at the Commissary.

As for what he hopes to accomplish in the future, he summed it up: “I just hope to remain on the path I’m on now. And surround myself with amazing people and everything else will take care of itself.”

Q: Do you have words to live by?

A: “Enjoy life now. This is not a rehearsal.”

Q: Whom do you most admire?

A: “My parents. I would not be where I am today without their love and encouragement.”

Q: If you could spend time with a famous person, past or present, whom would it be?

A: “Michael Jackson. I would love some dance classes.”

Q: What is the last book that you read?

A: “‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir.”

Q: What do you do for fun and relaxation?

A: “I spend a lot of my time at the gym. It calms me down and prepares me for the days ahead.”

Q: What is the usual state of your desktop?

A: “I keep it clean with a picture of Wrigley Field.”

Q: What did you want to do career wise when you were growing up?

A: “I always said I’d play college basketball for Duke, then play for the Chicago Bulls. I wasn’t even close.”

Q: What do you think is your most outstanding characteristic?

A: “Caring. I love helping out those around me.”

Q: What irritates you most?

A: “Bad drivers.”

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: “I spend time between hip-hop and country mostly. Lots of musical theatre albums as well.”

Q: If you were independently wealthy, what would you be doing?

A: “Traveling, open a gym, and buy a percentage of the Chicago Cubs.”

Q: When they make a movie of your life, who would play you?

A: “Hopefully the next Oscar-winning Filipino-American actor.”

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you have with you?

A. “A Sleep Number bed.”