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Don't just dream it, be it! UAB Theatre grad hired by New York’s Hangar Theatre

Posted Jun 22 2011 9:20am
Actress Emily Suzanne Parks is emphasizing the “professional performance” in her UAB theater professional performance degree—she’s been hired by the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y.

Parks, 24, of Huntsville, graduated from UAB in May. Now she’s off and running on her chosen path. She’ll perform in four shows at Hangar: one mainstage play, one children’s show, one staged reading, and one Wedge production. The shows will happen July 10-Sept. 4.

The mainstage play is “ The Rocky Horror Show. ” She’ll appear in the ensemble as a phantom and understudy the role of Magenta. In addition to rehearsing all four shows at once, Parks will take master classes in voice, script analysis and character development, and she'll be an assistant director for other productions. “There are several other productions taking place at the same time, those four are just the four I am guaranteed roles in,” Parks wrote in an e-mail.

The children's show is “Goodnight, Moon,” based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown. The reading has not yet been announced but will be a new play from a writer in New York City, she says. Last is the Wedge production, which Parks says are usually very edgy, dark and R-rated. She will be appearing in George Kaufman’s “Beggar on Horseback,” a story of art versus money that is as timely today as it was in 1925.

At UAB, Parks was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award for her Theatre UAB performances in “The House of Blue Leaves” and “The Rivals.” Of more than 250 competitors, she won Best Comedic Scene, and was named first alternate to nationals, at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV Conference. She also performed in Theatre UAB’s Tour Groups and in the Muse of Fire: Shakespeare at Sloss 2010.

Parks is thrilled to be performing, and already planning her next move: to the bright lights of Chicago’s stages.

“While at the Hangar, I will be earning points towards becoming a member of the Actor's Equity Association. After returning, I plan on moving to Chicago in order to continue earning points toward becoming an Equity actor and working in the many professional theaters there.”
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