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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 River, Alexander, World Trade Center) and Max Schneider (Crisis), among others. As a director, producer and Associate Artistic Director at PPAS, Greg has worked on productions of Good People, DNA, Spelling Bee, Our Town, Sweeney Todd, The Story, Lobby Hero, The Moonlight Room, Much Ado About Nothing, Urinetown, Stop Kiss and A View from the Bridge.

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; his company members are all working professionals in the theater; and two of his company members have already started their own theater companies, one dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare. For the Strain, he has acted in/directed productions of 7 Stories, Tape, The Indian Wants the Bronx, Fully Committed, Spectre (IT Nomination Best Featured Actor), The Sin Eater, Ragnarok andProof.

Greg is the recipient of a 2007 Blackboard Award (Outstanding New York City Public High School Teacher) for the work he has done at PPAS. In 2013, 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.