Parrish Playworks, Inc. is a registered non-profit which uses the art of theater to celebrate our local culture and history. We create opportunities for self-expression, build bridges across any social or economic divide, spark the local economy, and gather the people of this region of Florida together as theater participants and audience. We believe the north river section of Manatee County deserves its own theater space for the whole community to enjoy, and our long-term goal is to make that performing space a reality for all residents to enjoy. Until that goal is realized, we will remain a traveling troupe making live theater more accessible to all around this region!
2022 BOARD of Directors
Karen Romant, President
Morgan Donaldson, Vice-President
Kathie Meyer, Secretary
Debbie Davidson, Treasurer
How we have grown...
After our first show, Red Rooster Tales, (which has grown into a collection of home-spun stories such as "Neighbors" and "Stories Your Mama Never Told You,") we continued to explore and celebrate our local culture, while looking ahead to all that Parrish and this section of Manatee County can become if we join together.
Partnering with our community, in conjunction with the Florida Railroad Museum we have performed for tens of thousands of travelers by way of the North Pole Express and the murder mystery dinner trains. Working in tandem with Friends of Rocky Bluff Library, our theater group remains dedicated to bringing professionally-staged community performance to northern Manatee County, as well as Hillsborough and Sarasota Counties. Using local talent, over 100 actors, singers, dancers, musicians, choreographers, writers, and designers from ages 8-80 have participated in our productions! Looking ahead, Parrish Playworks, Inc. will continue to provide opportunities to showcase home-grown talent in various ways, including adding workshops and educational components for training younger performers and bringing performances to assisted living facilities.
Interview with Founder Karen Romant on My Suncoast View about the backstory of Red Rooster Tales.
Linda Carson reports on Parrish Playworks, Inc.
Director Karen Roman interviewed about the 2018 production of Southern Hospitality.