“The main thing is to write / For the joy of it.  Cultivate a work-lust…”

-from Seamus Heaney’s Station Island

Courtney Bailey Parker is a performer, writer, and literature/theatre professor based in the Greater St. Louis area.  She earned her PhD in English Renaissance Literature from Baylor University in 2016, with a research specialty in the plays of William Shakespeare and performance studies. Her writing has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Literature and Belief, Cahiers Elisabethains, ANQ, Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics, Praxis, and elsewhere. As an actor, she has worked in the Metro Atlanta area and in Austin, Texas. She most recently played Hermione, Time, and Mopsa in Something for Nothing Theatre’s 2016 production of The Winter’s Tale (Austin).


Dr. Bailey Parker is an Assistant Professor of English in Greenville College‘s Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies, where she teaches courses in theatre history, Shakespeare, British literature, writing, and dramatic literature. Currently, she is at work on a book about theatrical cross-dressing on the Shakespearean stage.  

Super awesome headshot by B. J. Parker, 2016