Ms. Parrish was accepted into and participated in several prestigious arts programs throughout her early education including the Tri-District Arts Consortium in SC and the SC Govenors School of the Arts. She was also awarded Superior in Acting from the South Eastern Theatre Conference in 1990.
She began her professional actor's training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drama. UNCSA is ranked one of the top acting conservatories in the world. Ms. Parrish received extensive classical training including voice and speech work with an emphasis on alignment, mask and movement, both the Meisner and Stanislovski Techniques, and Shakespeare. She has been trained by some of the worlds greatest teachers, including renowned director, Gerald Freedman, Cigdem Onat, Bob Fransisconi, Mary Irwin and Broadway dance legend, Molly Murray. While at school, Ms. Parrish played "The Bakers Wife" in Into the Woods, "Beatrice" in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds and "Natasha" in Rough Crossing. After graduating, she returned to NC as a guest artist to play the role of "Angharad" in the musical version of the novel "How Green Was My Valley" entitled A Time for Singing, written by Gerald Freedman and John Morris.
After University, Ms. Parrish moved to NYC and spent many years working Off -Broadway, Regionally and in National Tours. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Parrish had the great fortune of studying with Patsy Rodenburg and Ian McKellen at the Royal National Theatre in London. In 2004, Parrish founded Sonnet Repertory Theatre, in NYC.
Later, Parrish was a Graduate Fellow Candidate for three years at Point Park University in the MFA in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy Program. In addition, Ms. Parrish completed an MA degree in Psychology. In 2012, Parrish took the position of Artistic Director of the Gilbert Theatre in Fayetteville NC where she remained for five seasons.
Now a full time Actor and Director based in NYC, Parrish continues her personal study at Double Edge Theatre in MA and Stanislavsky Active Analysis with Cotter Smith. As an educator, Parrish teaches online theatre arts classes at the collegiate level and is Associate Coach with The Actor and The Biz, NYC. **Member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.