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Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance, 
Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant


For Project Support

Creative Capital

Artist Fellow


For Musical Theater

Women of the Year 2017-2019
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority,
Alpha Xi Chapter


For Leadership

East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame


For Playwriting

Doris Duke Foundation Theater Fellows Award


For Theater

Creative Exploration Fund Fellowship


For Theater

Carson-Newman College Education Service to Appalachia Award


For Education

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


For Art

Professional Organizations

National Black Theater Alliance


Women Playwrights International (WPI)

Senior Advisor


(New England Foundation for the Arts)


Black Curators in Dance and Performance (BCDP)


International African American Museum

Charter Member

Alternate ROOTS

Founding Member


(Women of Color in the Arts)



(Network of Ensemble Theaters)

Board Member

The Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance

Board Member


(National Performance Network)

Southern Regional Representative
Board Member

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."

Yankee Bajan by Linda Parris-Bailey—A Theatrical Review

by Carey Brianna Hart for Sugarcane Magazine

November 15, 2023

"...Yankee Bajan is a powerful and moving theatrical production that confronts timely social issues while exploring themes of family, identity, and the pursuit of a better life. Linda Parris-Bailey offers a thought-provoking and engaging narrative that captivates the audience from start to finish. With its evocative music, exceptional performances, and the fusion of contemporary struggles and ancestral heritage, Yankee Bajan is a must-see play that resonates deeply in our current socio-political landscape."

Yankee Bajan Explores What It Means to Return to Ancestral Roots

by Artburst Miami in Miami New Times

November 1, 2023

“...Parris-Bailey hopes that the play will spark discussions while ultimately causing audience members to look closely at their heritage and how that translates into where they want to be.

‘We have choices,’ she says. ‘We have mobility. We have the ability to decide to be where we are. And I think that sometimes that is lost on many of us. That we think we're kind of stuck where we are...'"

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 AgrawalMicah 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 &
Linda Parris-Bailey
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."

-Linda Parris-Bailey

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

Knoxville Weekend

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."


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