An original member of Resonance Ensemble, Eric has directed mainstage shows for the company in every season, beginning in 2001 with Strange Bedfellows, a contemporary political farce by Bruce Cohen inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The following year, Eric directed the company's production of Sophocles' Antigone, starring Broadway veteran Gordon Stanley. Next, Eric helmed Resonance Ensemble's production of Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths, which was chosen as "Pick of the Week" on both NYTheatre.com and OffOffOnline. Subsequently, Eric directed the world premiere of La Tempestad by Larry Loebell, a new play inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. Variety hailed the production as "a gripping drama of ideas," adding that "director Eric Parness guides everyone to physical perfs that crackle with life." In the 2006-7 season, Eric directed the world premiere of Charles L. Mee's play The Mail Order Bride. He followed that up with this season's The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, and the first non-repertory Resonance Ensemble production, Sherlock Solo, a one-man show written and performed by Victor L. Cahn.
Other directing credits include Oberon Theatre Ensemble's productions of Finding Louise, The Winter's Tale, Of Mice and Men (named "One of the Top Ten Shows of 2003" by Theatermania.com), Measure for Measure and this season's Ghost on Fire; Hypothetical Theatre Company's Kryptonite City and Faith; Blood Wedding (Boomerang Theatre Company); Zimmerman (Sanford Meisner Theater); Fit to Kill (Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre); and other new work with adobe theatre company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Vital Theater Company. He has also directed educational theatre for Stern College and Brandeis University.
In 2001, Eric served as Assistant to Artistic Director Curt Dempster of Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he was also the assistant director on Dempster's projects. Eric spent the following four seasons as the Associate to the Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience, where he acted as the assistant director on Bartlett Sher's production of William Shakespeare's Pericles at the BAM Harvey Theatre. Eric also assisted on La Mama ETC's production of Mario Fratti's Passionate Women.
Eric is an alumnus of Brandeis University and the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab, and has participated in training programs through Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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