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ERIC PARNESS is the Artistic Director of Resonance Ensemble, where he has directed productions of Sophocles’ Antigone, Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths (pick of the week on NYTheatre.com and OffOffOnline.com), Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and the world premieres of Strange Bedfellows by Bruce Cohen, La Tempestad by Larry Loebell, The Mail Order Bride by Charles L. Mee, Sherlock Solo by Victor L. Cahn, What Happened Then by Michael Feingold, 23 Knives by Christopher Boal (nominated for two IT Awards), Shakespeare’s Slave by Steven Fechter, The Truth Quotient by Richard Manley, and Burning by Ginger Lazarus. Other New York directing credits include the 9-month run of Going Once! Laughing Twice!! at St. Luke's Theater, Rachel Reiner Productions’ Embraceable Me, Jean Cocteau Repertory’s Crazy for the Dog, State of Play’s North to Maine (and a remount by American Theatre of Actors), Oberon Theatre Ensemble’s The Winter’s Tale, Of Mice and Men (named “One of the Top Ten Shows in New York of 2003” by Theatermania.com), Measure for Measure, and The Starship Astrov (nominated for 11 MITF Awards including Outstanding Direction), Hypothetical Theatre Company’s Kryptonite City, and Boomerang Theatre Company’s Blood Wedding.
Eric has also directed regional theatre for Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, NC, Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, NY, and The Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs, NY, as well as educational theatre for Westfield State University, Marymount Manhattan College, Brooklyn College, Marist College, Stern College and Brandeis University. Eric is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Brooklyn College (MFA) and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Westfield State University.