Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance,
Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant
For Project Support
For Musical Theater
Women of the Year 2017-2019
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority,
Alpha Xi Chapter
East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame
Doris Duke Foundation Theater Fellows Award
Creative Exploration Fund Fellowship
Carson-Newman College Education Service to Appalachia Award
Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre
For Political Theater
Circle of Change Awards – Heart of Change Award
For Art and Activism
Long Haul Award – Tennessee Alliance for Progress
For Art and Activism
Arts Council of Greater Knoxville, Artist of the Year
National Black Theater Alliance
Women Playwrights International (WPI)
(New England Foundation for the Arts)
Black Curators in Dance and Performance (BCDP)
International African American Museum
(Women of Color in the Arts)
(Network of Ensemble Theaters)
The Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance
(National Performance Network)
Southern Regional Representative
Open Channels: Caribbean Popular Theater at the Crossroad.
An online encounter as part of the Teatro Ma Cuba’s 40th Annual Teller de Teatro Popular
Todd London on Flushing …
"With story and puppetry, these two theater masters reach deep—into childhood, into craft, into the accrued wisdom of their years. This is theater as revelation, as generosity. It’s a pas de deux of parallel lives, started at neighboring subway stops and lived at a great distance, before returning to a place of shared learning and an exquisite, creative uncertainty. Flushing is a beautiful piece of theater, stirring and deeply humane."
A last hurrah: The Ko Festival of Performance, a Valley summer theater staple since 1992, will end this summer
July 15, 2022
...Still, the 2022 festival is opening with a production that dovetails nicely with Hamilton’s decision to move on.
“Flushing (Make Room for Someone Else),” which takes place July 22-24, is the story of two theater directors readying to step down from their ensembles and pass leadership to the next generation — sparking a reflection, as program notes put it, “on what it means to retire and what it might mean to inherit.”
Stagestruck: Hot-Weather Hits
June 30, 2022
"...Sandglass Theater of Putney, VT, in collaboration with Parris-Bailey Arts, brings a new puppets-and-humans show, Flushing, that reflects the season theme, 'Stepping Up/Stepping Back,' about passing the torch of leadership."
NEFA 2020 National Theater Project Advisors
April 15, 2020
"NTP is thrilled to welcome four new advisors: Pia Agrawal, Micah Ariel James, Edgar Miramontes, and Linda Parris-Bailey. We are so excited to work with these amazing individuals! Thank you in advance for all that you do for NTP and the field!"
Curating Freedom and Power for Women of Color in Leadership
An Interview with Diane Rodriguez &
September 26, 2019
"We pass the same point many times in our lives but hopefully we’re a little further expanded. That expansion is what makes progress and what gives me hope for the future. We’ll hit this same point in time but we’ll hit it with an expanded knowledge and more experience."
Moral Injury Killed My Cousin
by VA Suicide Prevention Team Leader, Lynne Santiago
[on Speed Killed My Cousin] "We learn, through the powerful monologues and the dialogue between the characters, that true healing begins from a willingness and ability to tell the story about what happens in war. And we are shown, quite effectively, the generational impact of keeping these secrets.”
SWOPERA :: Behind The Scenes of the Spoken Word Opera
SWOPERA tells a contemporary story of gentrification, one family’s efforts to save their business, Lowell’s Soulfood Cafe, in light of changing community dynamics, and finding unexpected leadership in the youngest member of the family, Lem. The text is delivered in spoken word, poetry and rhyme, accompanied by elements of hip-hop and soul.
The Voices Pour Down: Our Theater Roots During The 40th Reunion
by Ashley Sparks
September 19, 2016
For the last 8 months Nicole Garneau and I have searched the bowels of the internet and Kathie deNobriga’s home, ROOTS’ archive, old member directories, and festival program books from the 70’s, to track down all of the founding members and companies listed in the bylaws. Early Friday evening we invited these founding members to come forward: Little Marrowbone Repair Corp., The Road Company, Roadside Theater, Florida Studio Theater, The Play Group, Carpetbag Theater, New World Theater Company, Free Southern Theater, Otrabanda Company, Margaret Gregg, Kelly Hill, and Robin Foster. It was bittersweet seeing this group of elders gathered for the first time in 40 years, re-unioning and re-membering, bringing our history back into the present and adding kindling to the deepest embers of the ROOTS fire.
Q&A: Linda Parris-Bailey, Winner of the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award in Theatre
by Rose Kennedy
April 29, 2015
“Writing for the theater doesn’t seem as singular as writing in any other medium—it lends itself to working with people and sharing stories and that’s always been attractive to me.”
'River' author's 'refereeing' pays off
By Geoff Gehman Of The Morning Call
May 25, 2008
Another River Flows "follows local blacks who settled nurturing neighborhoods, fought urban renewal and are uniting a divided community through tales of feisty faith. Parris-Bailey weaves a kind of Joseph's technicolor coat from archived and collected stories, some of which are spoken by the Spirit Kissed Women, a Greek chorus of soul sisters. She's more than a playwright; she's a referee for cheerleaders for the revolution."