Immersion Play by Courtney Bailey Parker and directed by Sandy Doria. A new play premiering at SheNYC’s Summer Theatre Festival, an Off-Broadway festival featuring women writers. (Press: Playbill; Broadway World; Plays to See: International Theatre Reviews)
“This play was perhaps the most brilliantly written in the festival, for how it allows the audience to, well, immerse themselves in either Megan or Domingo’s point of view, or else get the chance to be the outsider depending on their language proficiency.” -International Theatre Reviews
District Merchants: An Uneasy Comedy (Inspired by the Merchant of Venice) by Aaron Posner (Portia). Runs January 24-February 10, 2019. (Press: St. Louis Public Radio; Ladue News; KDHX; STL Post-Dispatch; Talkin’ Broadway)
“Portia, of course, dons men's clothing to defend Antoine against Shylock in court, over a bad debt. In that role, Ms. Parker seems like a beautiful river of pure thought.” -Richard Green, Talkin’ Broadway
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Fabiana Aziza Cunningham). Runs October 10-28, 2018 with no Friday performances. (Press: STL Limelight; Talkin’ Broadway; STL Post-Dispatch; LaDue News; KDHX)
“Courtney Bailey Parker as the lawyer Cunningham is the center of the complex story, and her belief that Judas deserves the opportunity to petition for forgiveness is its heart. There’s an earnest resilience to the character that makes you want to know more of her back story and Parker plays the room with convincing skill. Parker is the straight woman in a room full of comedians, and she holds her own with considerable spunk.” - Tina Farmer, KDHX
"Talking about protest with the language of actor training"
For HowlRound, July 2018. An essay about how the language of actor training, particularly The Viewpoints, can reshape the way we talk about public protest. Read the article here.
“It’s fine to discuss Viewpoints theoretically with respect to these national anthem protests, but what is the practical application? When protestors have a language to describe how their bodies are interacting with and affecting the space around them, they can more productively dialogue with resistance. Looking back on the drama surrounding national anthem protests at my university, I’m struck by how much a neutral vocabulary would have helped the hard conversations that followed.”
SITI Company Summer Intensive
Four week training intensive in Viewpoints, Suzuki Method, and Composition with SITI Company on the campus of Skidmore College. June 2018.