Courtney Bailey Parker

Courtney Bailey Parker

Courtney Bailey Parker is an actor, writer, and literature/theatre professor based in the St. Louis area. She earned her PhD in English Renaissance Literature from Baylor University in 2016, with a research specialty in the plays of William Shakespeare and performance studies. She also holds an MA in English from Baylor, with a concentration in modern and contemporary drama. Her academic writing has appeared...
Courtney Bailey Parker is an actor, writer, and literature/theatre professor based in the St. Louis area. She earned her PhD in English Renaissance Literature from Baylor University in 2016, with a research specialty in the plays of William Shakespeare and performance studies. She also holds an MA in English from Baylor, with a concentration in modern and contemporary drama. Her academic writing has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Literature and Belief, Cahiers Elisabethains, ANQ, Praxis, and elsewhere. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Theatre Studies in Greenville University’s Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies, where she teaches courses in theatre history, Shakespeare, British literature, writing, and dramatic literature.

Plays

  • Britches
    Charlotte and Susan Cushman’s sisterly rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with Charlotte as Romeo and Susan as Juliet, has turned out to be far more popular and profitable than they ever imagined. Back in their hometown of Boston after playing to sold out houses in London, the sisters remount the show with a new addition: a female actor named Joan now plays Benvolio. But when circumstances give Joan...
    Charlotte and Susan Cushman’s sisterly rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with Charlotte as Romeo and Susan as Juliet, has turned out to be far more popular and profitable than they ever imagined. Back in their hometown of Boston after playing to sold out houses in London, the sisters remount the show with a new addition: a female actor named Joan now plays Benvolio. But when circumstances give Joan an opportunity to step in as Juliet opposite Charlotte’s Romeo, Charlotte is confronted with her own undeniable romantic attraction to this new Juliet. Loosely based on real events in the life of American actor Charlotte Cushman—beloved for her “britches” roles and one of the most famous lesbians of the nineteenth-century—this play celebrates the steadfastness of sisters in the face of the exhilarating, romantic, and often cruel world of the theatre.
  • Primavera, or The Quiverfull Play
    27-year-old Hannah confronts the legalism of her southern religious community when the older David, a former love interest, returns for a family wedding. The man’s homecoming to the fundamentalist, “quiverfull” Christian community of his upbringing reconnects him with his peers and siblings who stayed behind. Loosely inspired by Botticelli’s renaissance painting of the same name, the play is told in part...
    27-year-old Hannah confronts the legalism of her southern religious community when the older David, a former love interest, returns for a family wedding. The man’s homecoming to the fundamentalist, “quiverfull” Christian community of his upbringing reconnects him with his peers and siblings who stayed behind. Loosely inspired by Botticelli’s renaissance painting of the same name, the play is told in part through characters’ dreams, as well as a chorus composed of The Three Graces.
  • Play for Kupala Night
    A group of young people attempts to enact a ritual on the eve of the summer solstice.