DSC_9653-Edit copy (1)Courtney Bailey Parker is an actor, writer, and literature/theatre professor based in the 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. She also holds an MA in English from Baylor, with a concentration in modern and contemporary drama, and she is a proud alum of Mercer University for her BA in English.

Her academic writing has appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Literature and Belief, Cahiers Elisabethains, ANQ, Praxis, and elsewhere. As an actor, she has worked in Austin, Atlanta, and now St. Louis.

Dr. Bailey Parker is an Assistant Professor of English and Theatre Studies in Greenville University’s Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies (CVCMS), where she teaches courses in theatre history, Shakespeare, British literature, writing, and dramatic literature.

For the 2017-18 academic year, she was awarded the Archer Award for Distinguished Faculty Scholarship at GU.



SITI Company Summer IntensiveJune 2018.  Saratoga Springs, NY.  Hosted by SITI Company at Skidmore College.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Fabiana Aziza Cunningham), produced by Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, MO.  October 11-28, 2018.

District Merchants by Aaron Posner (Portia), produced by New Jewish Theatre in St. Louis, MO. January-February 2019.

recent projects

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Curley’s Wife), produced by SATE Ensemble Theatre in St. Louis, MO.  November 8-11 and 15-18, 2017. (Reviews: KDHX; STL Post-Dispatch; LaDue News; Talkin’ Broadway)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Director/Lead Designer), produced by the Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies (CVCMS) and The Factory Theatre at Greenville University.  December 14-16, 2017.

The Diviners by Jim Leonard, Jr. (Director), produced by The Factory Theatre at Greenville University.  April 20-22, 2017.

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. (Hermione/Time/Mopsa), produced by Something For Nothing Theatre Company in Austin, TX. (Reviews: Broadway World – AUSTIN Review; Central Texas Live Theatre Review)