Pearl Theatre Company Announces New Resident Acting Company Members


The Pearl Theatre Company today announced that actors Joey Parsons and Wayne T. Carr have joined the Pearl's Resident Acting Company.

As New York City's only classical resident company, The Pearl Theatre's 14-member ensemble is featured in company productions, serve as teaching artists for acclaimed arts education programs and train emerging artists in the Pearl Conservatory. The Pearl offers its resident company continual opportunities for growth and development, challenging them to take artistic risks.

Wayne T. Carr played the Duke of Aumerle in The Pearl's 2011 production of Richard II. His other New York credits include Othello (Wandering BArk Theatre Company), Gentrifusion (Red Fern), Funk it Up (Joe's Pub), and Bombitty of Errors and Troilus and Cressida (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Regional credits include: Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theatre, Indiana Rep, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and more. Carr is currently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in As You Like It and All the Way. He has a Masters in Acting from Penn State University and a Bachelors degree in Directing from Frostburg State University.

Joey Parsons played Arsinoé in The Pearl's 2011 production of The Misanthrope (2011 Lortel Award nomination Best Revival) and The Eternal Feminine in The Pearl's 2011 production of Wittenberg. Her other New York credits include A Little Journey (Mint Theatre) and Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Snapple Theater). Regionally, she has appeared in God of Carnage (Arizona Theatre Co./San Jose Repertory Theatre), Fifty Words and the world premiere of the one-woman show Dear Sara Jane (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Rabbit Hole (Pittsburgh Public), Dead Man's Cell Phone (Hartford Theaterworks), The Shape of Things (St. Louis Rep.), The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You like it, Richard III (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Comedy of Errors and Measure for Measure (Yale Rep.). She has appeared on the television shows "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Trial by Jury," "Third Watch," "Deadline," "Guiding Light," and in the film "Lightning Jack." Parsons is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

J.R. Sullivan, The Pearl's Artistic Director, commented, "Joey Parsons and Wayne T. Carr are exceptionally gifted artists and they are wonderful additions to our company. They have each delivered great performances for The Pearl in the past and will certainly distinguish themselves in the work to come in our new home on 42nd Street. The Pearl Theatre Company is delighted to welcome them to our ensemble."

Founded in 1984, The Pearl has grown into a renowned Off-Broadway company, connecting audiences to timeless classic plays, while providing an artistic home to theatre professionals. The Pearl's body of work encompasses the full breadth of theater history, from ancient Greek tragedy to contemporary works rooted in the classics.

Carr and Parsons join current members Jolly Abraham, Rachel Botchan, Robin Leslie Brown, Bradford Cover, Dominic Cuskern, Dan Daily, Robert Hock, Sean McNall, Chris Mixon, Carol Schultz, Edward Seamon and Lee Stark.These additions to the Resident Acting Company cap off a banner year for The Pearl. The company just concluded a highly acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten. This fall, The Pearl will move into its new permanent home: 555 West 42nd Street, the venue formerly occupied by Signature Theatre Company.

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