Co-founder Burke Brewer (left) is an accomplished seamstress, musician, and multi-passionate entrepreneur born and raised in Knoxville, TN. Burke holds a BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from The University of Tennessee, and as CEO of Modern Studio is responsible for the oversight and mission of organization. An avid seamstress, Burke created Modern Seamstress in 2015 to empower women to love their bodies and delight in dressing their bodies through the timeless art of garment sewing. Modern Seamstress offers sewing classes, custom garments, and special collections to women of all skill levels, ages, and sizes, while encouraging women to create more and consume less.

Burke frequently combines her background in counseling with her love of creative pursuits, writing about the benefits of creative hobbies on wellness and self-esteem, as well as female entrepreneurship on her personal website.

Modern Studio is a unique endeavor that includes Burke’s love of the creative community, with her love of music and entrepreneurship. As an accomplished vocal soloist, children’s choir director, and musician, Burke is eager to provide a space for musicians and artists to be appreciated for their talent and skill, and encourage the community to once again support the arts.

Carolyn Corley (right) is an actor, director and certified project manager (PMP) who channels her professional skills into myriad outlets. Her mild-mannered alter ego is a project controls analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor, where she oversees long-term planning, and develops and tracks schedules for facility maintenance and upgrade projects. As a freelancer, she also provides operational support to several area non-profits, including the Oak Ridge Chapter of the U.S. Women in Nuclear, Circle Modern Dance, and Tennessee State Company. 

Carolyn was born in Maryland, grown in New Mexico and now thrives in East Tennessee. She made her acting debut in Knoxville in 2008 as Chrissy in Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” with the Wild Thyme Players. She has since performed in stage, TV, and film productions with numerous companies including Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Tennessee Stage Company, Jupiter Entertainment and NolPix Media.

Carolyn created the Knoxville Performing Arts Exchange in order to provide a stable, affordable venue to local performing arts groups in Knoxville. Learn more here.


Elevating Knoxville’s Performing Artists