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Greg Parente

  • Theater Arts: Acting II
  • Drama: Acting IV
parente@waterwell.org

Greg is an award-winning educator, actor and director. As an educator his goals are to foster, cultivate and inspire the next generation of theater artists. The core of his teaching philosophy is to use dramatic literature and acting to illuminate the many facets of the human condition – always pushing his students towards truth and excellence.

Many actors he has trained have gone on to successful careers in theater, film and television, including Emmy Award winners Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and Kristen Alderson (General Hospital), as well as Jeremy White (Shameless), Connor Paolo (Mystic RiverAlexanderWorld Trade Center) and Max Schneider (Crisis), among others. As a director, producer and Associate Artistic Director at PPAS, Greg has directed productions of A Lie of the Mind, Emotional Creature, Good PeopleDNAOur TownThe Story and A View from the Bridge and has worked on productions of Spelling BeeSweeney ToddLobby HeroThe Moonlight RoomMuch Ado About NothingUrinetown, and Stop Kiss. 

Additionally, as a way to further enhance the work he was doing at PPAS, he founded and is the Artistic Director of the Strain Theatre Company, a company comprised solely of former PPAS students. It is designed to be a stomping ground for young emerging artists, a place where they can continue to hone and craft their skills under Greg’s guidance. The company has been nominated for two NY IT Awards. For the Strain, he has acted in/directed productions of 7 StoriesTapeThe Indian Wants the BronxFully CommittedSpectre (IT Nomination Best Featured Actor), The Sin EaterRagnarok and Proof.

Greg is the recipient of a Blackboard Award (Outstanding New York City Public High School Teacher) for the work he has done at PPAS.  Recently, he was a recipient of a National Artist Teaching Fellowship for which he went to Oxford, England to study Shakespeare. He started the first ever Meisner teen program at the Ted Bardy Acting Studio in Manhattan and in 2010 this program was runner up for “Best Class” and “Best Teacher” by Backstage NY.

Greg holds an undergraduate Theatre degree from Towson University and an MFA in Theatre from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.