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Courtney Bailey Parker is a St. Louis based actor, writer, and literature/theatre professor. Her priorities are international and cross-cultural collaboration, responsible storytelling, and the sometimes difficult work of blurring the lines between writer and performer. Her most recent play, Immersion: a language play, premiered in New York City with She NYC Arts, an Off-Broadway theatre festival celebrating women writers.

She earned her PhD in English Literature from Baylor University in 2016, with a focus on Renaissance Drama, the plays of William Shakespeare, and performance studies. She also holds an MA in English from Baylor and a BA in English from Mercer University. She recently completed a month-long acting intensive with SITI Company, where she trained in Viewpoints and Suzuki Method. The intensive culminated with a workshop performance of THE BACCHAE, led by SITI's Anne Bogart.

Courtney is an Assistant Professor of English and Theatre Studies in Greenville University's Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies (CVCMS), where she teaches courses in theatre history, Shakespeare, British literature, writing, and dramatic literature. Her first book, Spectrums of Shakespearean Crossdressing: The Art of Performing Women, is forthcoming with Routledge Press.

{ Check out her feature in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Courtney Bailey Parker is a professor with stage presence.” }