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What They Are Saying...

Violet at Front Porch Theatre

"I don't know if they're practicing witchcraft over there, but Front Porch has managed to summon the perfect person for every role - from director Robyne Parrish and her forceful, deeply human vision to musical director " - Pittsburgh City Paper - http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/violet-at-front-porch-theatricals/Content?oid=2946404

"Director Robyne Parrish has staged the action with flair, taking good advantage of the flexibility of the scene and lighting design to make smooth, flowing transitions from moment to moment, and in many places she manages to achieve the impression that the cast is twice its size." - https://wendyarons.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/violet-at-front-porch-theatricals/

See also: 

http://www.pghintheround.com/violet/

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2017/05/25/Violet-musical-Front-Porch-Theatricals-Elizabeth-Boyke-Lamont-Walker-II-Daniel-Mayhak/stories/201705240024

PGH In The Round

"But the true superstars of the night must go to the Director Ms. Robyne Parrish and the choreographer Mr. Gavan Pamer, both of whom are also featured as actors in the cast. Under Ms. Parrish’s direction, all five acts came together as one seamless unison of satirical comedy..."


Shaken and Stirred

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:"...gripping...brutally powerful..."
Pittsburgh Radio WRCT: "...phenomenal acting..."
Pittsburgh OutOnline:"...brilliantly...wonderful..."
Pittsburgh City-Paper: "...glamour and pathos..."
Washington Observer-Reporter: "...powerful...moving..."


"Madeleine George’s 2010 play, directed here by Robyne Parrish, moves quite briskly and conquers its many demands." -Pittsburgh City Paper, The Zero Hour

"...emotionally moving and intellectually stimulating performance." -The Carnegie Shul-Newsletter


Looking for the Pony by Andrea Lepico

“Director Robyne Parrish must have loved this project, given the vigor of her script and cast.”, Pittsburgh City Paper, Looking For The Pony at Off The Wall Theatre in PA.

"Director Robyne Parrish manages the stepsister performances with a deft hand" - Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Looking For The Pony at Off The Wall Theatre in PA.


"Stop Kiss - Director Robyne Parrish uses a Brechtian technique to define time jumps. In the present, the actors face the audience instead of facing each other. It’s a little disconcerting but pays off with emotional resonance later in the play."

- Michael Buzzelli, Out on Line Theatre Review

"New York reviewers spoke of it as both  comic and serious. But as ably and  insightfully directed by Robyne Parrish,  this production seems fundamentally  serious. ... evoking substantial reality from  the cast." - Gordon Spencer - WRTC 

Pittsburgh City Paper " ...a warm human romance with several twists..."
Pittsburgh OutOnline "...hauntingly beautiful..."
Washington Observer-Reporter "... love, compassion..."
Gordon Spencer on WRCT '... thought-provoking, emotionally-laden..."

"Mercy Seat... Clearly director Parrish has found ways to  get the most out of these talents. She has  also made thorough and natural use of a  true-to-life set thereby evoking a sense of  reality rather than fiction. She also tellingly brings out some of the character’s  inner workings in how and where they  move as well as what they do with the  everyday trappings of life." - Gordon  Spencer, WRCT 

"Director Robyne Parrish has done an  outstanding job creating the highs and  lows of The Mercy Seat. Sometimes it’s  brutal, sometimes it’s funny and it’s  always disturbing. Parrish has paced the  play beautifully and had wrung two  powerful performances from her cast." -  F.J. Hartland - Out on line Theatre Review 


"Director Robyne Parrish opens the play with a stylized and highly choreographed dance that sets the tone for the madness that’s to follow in the next ninety minutes."

House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod, Pittsburgh Theatre Today


Pan: The True Story of Peter Pan by Jeremy Fiebig

NCARTS

“Another aspect of the show is the dialects. The Barrie family were born and raised in Scottland, and so Scottish accents were needed for almost every actor in the show, including the youngest. Robyne Parrish, the dialect coach and artistic director of the Gilbert Theater, should be applauded for her work.

“The Scottish accent is so often overdone and you begin to expect a cereal toting leprechaun to pop out (yes, I am aware said cereal toting leprechaun is Irish, but could not think of a Scottish equivalent), but that’s not what happened. All of the accents used in the play were spot on, while still being understandable.”

"Director Robyne Parrish has worked hard at the comic timing and moves the play at a pleasantly rapid pace."

- NY International Fringe Festival


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Robyne Parrish Robyne Parrish is an Actor/Director who spent the last five seasons as Artistic Director at the Gilbert Theatre in North Carolina before returning to Pittsburgh where she most recently directed Musical of Musicals the Musical at Off the Wall in Carnegie to rave reviews (www.RobyneParrish.com).

Other Off the Wall directing credits include: Stop Kiss, The Zero Hour, the Mercy Seat, House of Yes, Looking for the Pony and Shaken and Stirred.

She holds a BFA in Drama from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was an MFA Graduate candidate for three years in Theatre and Pedagogy at Point Park University.

Parrish spent twelve years living and working in NYC, where she was the Founding Artistic Director/Executive Director for six years of Sonnet Repertory Theatre Inc. (now in its 14th season) and assistant to the Company Manager of WICKED on Broadway. During her time in NYC, Parrish worked off-Broadway as an actress (The York, The Mint) and directed a number of plays for various festivals, off- (and off-off) Broadway (Musicals Tonight!, NYICF, NY Artists Unlimited, Sonnet Rep, Sande Shurin and the 79th Street Workshop/Incite Productions). In Pittsburgh, Parrish has worked as actor at City Theatre, Quantum, Bricolage and The REP, to name a few.
Parrish has been a theatre educator for more than 15 years directing and teaching students from grade school through the collegiate level, and is currently Adjunct Theatre Professor at FTCC in Acting and Voice.

Most recently, Parrish remounted her production of It’s a Wonderful Life at The Gilbert Theater and Co-Directed Fences at FTCC. this past March, Parrish directed a staged reading of her new play, Still, Birth. co-written with NYC Labyrinth Theatre Ensemble collaborator, Coley Campany at OTW.  Her other vast directing credits include …Gamma Rays…, The Diary of Anne  Frank, Much Ado About Nothing, A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks and Quilters. Parrish is a Labyrinth Ensemble Company member NYC and currently trains with Double Edge Theatre whom she credits for the process she explored in the staging of 4.48 Psychosis.

She is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.