Linda Parris-Bailey

Linda has a red scarf wrapped around her. She is a Black woman with short grey and white hair. She is spotlit by a warm lamp.

Linda Parris-Bailey

National Theater Project Advisor
President and CEO
Parris-Bailey Arts, Inc.
Location: ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), & Miccosukee lands in Knoxville, TN


Playwright Linda Parris-Bailey's newest work, Yankee Bajan, recently premiered at the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, South Carolina, during the 2023 Moja Festival. The production's international debut took place in Barbados at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, Warner Walcott Theatre at the Univesity of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. Her new company Parris-Bailey Arts, has produced two original works between 2019 and 2023 including Flushing (Make Room for Someone Else), a collaboration with Eric Bass and Sandglass Theater and performed at the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival and the 2022 Ko Festival.  
In addition to being President and CEO of Parris-Bailey Arts, she is Emeritus Executive/Artistic Director of The Carpetbag Theater, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee; a founding member of Alternate ROOTS; and Senior Advisor to the International Women Playwrights Conference. Parris-Bailey is the recipient of several recognitions and awards including the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award, 2019 Creative Capital Awardee, and NTP Award. Her works have been supported with funding from the National Performance Network, National Theater Project, Alternate ROOTs, Waymakers Collective, Roy Cockrum Foundation, Arts Emerson and Diaspora Vibe Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and published in  Alternate ROOTS: Plays from the Southern Theater, Ensemble Works! and other anthologies of contemporary plays. She continues to write "plays with music" that focus on the African Diaspora, transformation and empowerment and she continues to seed the ensemble field. 

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