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Doubly Blessed: G.U. Benefits from Professor’s Dual Talents

by Rachel Heston-Davis Doubly Blessed: G.U. Benefits from Professor’s Dual Talents

Assistant Professor of English Courtney Bailey-Parker landed center stage in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about her involvement in St. Louis theater. The article explores Bailey-Parker’s parallel passions—literature and theater—and the way in which her study of literature informs her acting.

Bailey-Parker also brings her twofold skills to the classroom, where she urges G.U. students to deep dive into the humanities.

Double Dose of Talent at G.U.

Not only does Bailey-Parker teach an impressive spread of subject matter for the English department—Shakespeare, oral interpretation, storytelling, intro to literature, British literature and English novel—she also contributes to the G.U. theater program. Bailey-Parker teaches drama related courses such as dramatic literature and theater history and lends her talents to the Factory Theatre stage.

Last year at the Factory Theatre, Bailey-Parker directed a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet set in 1990s-era Greenville College. She has also directed The Diviners and has performed in The Factory Theatre Hour.

Bailey-Parker looks ahead to continued involvement with G.U. theater. “I want to help our students engage in theatre-making with a sense of delight and professionalism,” she says. The hire of actor and director Alex Freeman as the Factory Theatre’s new managing director has her enthused for the future of the program.

Skills That Never Expire

Bailey-Parker’s passion for literature and theater is fueled in part by her belief that the humanities fit students with timeless skills needed for success—skills like strong communication, aesthetic awareness and the ability to thoroughly analyze ideas.

“The jobs that are in high demand right at this moment will probably be nonexistent in 10 years,” she comments, but the humanities “have outlived our civilization’s history of hyping ‘the next big thing.’” In short, then, “the humanities don’t have an expiration date,” and students who study them gain skills that have no expiration date either.


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This story was published on February 01, 2019

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