Mary-Louise Parker

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Visiting Faculty

A graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts, Mary-Louise Parker has performed in over thirty professional theater productions regionally and both off and on Broadway. She originated roles in plays by Paula Vogel, Adam Rapp, Craig Lucas, Sarah Ruhl, Simon Stephens, John Patrick Stanley, Sharr White, Terrence McNally, and others.


A member of the legendary Circle Rep Theater Company, Parker is a five-time Tony Award nominee. She won the award twice, for Proof and The Sound Inside, and is the recipient of multiple Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle awards and nominations and the Clarence Derwent, Drama League and Theater World awards, among others.

Parker has performed extensively in film and television, winning numerous awards and nominations, including the Emmy for Angels in America and the Golden Globe for both Weeds and Angels in America, was Emmy and SAG nominated multiple times for Weeds and The West Wing. Parker will be seen in the upcoming The Gray House and Omni Loop. Other roles include Fried Green Tomatoes, Longtime Companion, Red 1 and Red 2, Red Sparrow, R.I.P. D., Boys on the Side, The Client, The Five Senses, When We Rise, Saved!, Red Dragon, Sugartime, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Howl, Mr. Wonderful, and countless others.

Parker was a contributing writer at Esquire magazine for over a decade and has written for The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Bullet; Bust; Hemispheres; Elle; Glamour; The Riveter; and In Style. Her poetry has been seen in ‘Three Views,’ and her first book, Dear Mr. You, was translated into multiple languages and was included on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of best books of the year. She has been recognized for her humanitarian work with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award, by the Hedrick Martin Society, GLAAD, The David Lynch Foundation, Hope North, and others. She is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2023.

Photo credit: Jason Bell