Eric Parness, Assistant Professor
Acting & Directing
Theatre Arts Program
Westfield State University
Eric Parness is a theatre director, teacher, and producer. As the Artistic Director of Resonance Ensemble, he has produced 20 new plays and classics, and directed classic plays by Sophocles, Maxim Gorky (pick of the week on NYTheatre.com and OffOffOnline.com), Chekhov, Ibsen, and world premieres by Charles L. Mee, Michael Feingold, Christopher Boal, Steven Fechter, Ginger Lazarus and others. Eric has worked extensively as a director Off-Broadway for companies such as Jean Cocteau Repertory, State of Play Production, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Boomerang Theatre, and Vital Theatre Company. He has directed regionally with the Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, NC, Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, NY, and The Home Made Theater in Saratoga Springs, NY, as well as educational theatre for Marymount Manhattan College, Brooklyn College, Marist College, Stern College, Brandeis University and Dean College. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Brooklyn College (MFA) and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab.