Musical Theatre Dept.
Elizabeth Parkinson is currently Artistic Director of FineLine Theatre Arts, in New Milford, Connecticut, and Vineyard Arts Project Musical Theatre Lab. Her duties include developing curriculum, hiring faculty, teaching, mentoring, and administrating. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University, where she helped develop the curriculum for the musical theatre Bachelor of Arts degree program. Her teaching credits include the West Coast Dance Explosion, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives. Elizabeth’s Broadway and national tour credits include the original Broadway cast of Movin’ Out (Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer on Broadway), Fosse (Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Featured Actress, FANY Award for Best Broadway Debut), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (pre-Broadway workshop), the Lincoln Center production of Carousel (national tour), Singin’ in the Rain (Girl in the Green Dress, St. Louis Muny), Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker (Sugar Rum Cherry), and Billboards, a full-length ballet to the music of Prince. She has appeared in the films Every Little Step, Romance and Cigarettes, and Stay.
Elizabeth studied in-depth Fosse repertory and style with Gwen Verdon and Ann Reinking. Most recently she appeared opposite Bernadette Peters in the City Center/Lincoln Center Jazz production of A Bed and A Chair, directed by John Doyle. Elizabeth’s concert dance credits are extensive, including the Joffrey Ballet, Feld Ballets/NY, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Twyla Tharp and Dancers. Elizabeth and her husband, Broadway performer Scott Wise, live in Sherman, Connecticut with their son James.