About Parris-Bailey Arts Inc.
Parris-Bailey Arts exists to support the work of playwrights, solo artists and ensembles in the development of new performance works by creating opportunities for mentoring, networking and sharing of resources during the creation process. Our objective is to utilize our expertise to secure Commissions, Curate new work and facilitate Ensemble & Devised Script Development and Story Work. By collaborating with professional theaters, community-based theaters, producers, presenters and other artistic partners, PBA strives to advocate for diverse creative voices.
Linda Parris-Bailey, President and CEO, brings more than 50 years of professional experience in the field. She is a Playwright, Director and Actor. She served as the Executive/Artistic Director of the Carpetbag Theatre and was the primary playwright creating work for the CBT Ensemble from 1974-2019. In addition to her work with Carpetbag, Parris-Bailey has been commissioned throughout her career by professional and community-based partners as an independent playwright and artist; working with such organizations as Touchstone Theater, The Higher Ground Project and Junebug Productions. As a curator she has worked on events and festivals for numerous local, national and international organizations including Women Playwrights International , American Festival Project and Performing Americas (a project of the National Performance Network). She has provided Culturally-Driven facilitation services to numerous organizations, including The Highlander Center, The W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the African Theatre Association (AfTA) International Conference at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies. Throughout her five-decade career, she has utilized traditional cultural practices to engage participants in the process of self-reflection and discovery.
Parris-Bailey Arts' acknowledges that our office is located on the traditional lands of the Catawba, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Muscogee people; we honor their ancestors past, present, and future,
and recognize their continued existence and contributions to our society.