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C. Neil Parsons

C. Neil Parsons was born into a theatrical family, and has been performing for as long as he can remember. Neil's experience as a musician/actor/ dancer extends back to the fourth grade, when he appeared in a professional production of The Music Man. For the role of Winthrop, he learned to play the trumpet (passably) while sporting dyed red hair and speaking/singing with a lisp. Eventually, Neil narrowed his focus, majoring in music at Interlochen Arts Academy, only to see it broaden again while attending Oberlin Conservatory. There, he studied Trombone Performance with Ray Premru and created an individual major entitled Interdisciplinary Performance & Education. He then began a graduate program at Ohio University, studying with trombonist Tony Baker and becoming immersed in the School of Dance. Neil left school one year later to join Tales & Scales and performed with the company for nine seasons. As a choreographer and director, he has made a specialty of collaborating with musicians, searching for new connections between music, dance, and theatre. In addition to his performing career, Neil is a yoga instructor and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, focusing on the needs of performing artists. Neil and his girlfriend Hannah currently live in Bloomington, IN with Penny and Arthur, two small predatory mammals who spend most of their time napping, begging for food, and purring.

Photo by Michael Wheatley

Visit Neil at his personal website: www.cneilparsons.com

Neil at a glance

Name: C. Neil Parsons (one first name, one first initial)

Bachelor of Music: Oberlin Conservatory

Master of Music drop out: Ohio U

Favorite quote (about himself): “I see this play is directed by C. Neil Parsons. He’s very good.” -anonymous concert-goer in Nyack, NY

Second favorite quote (also about himself): “Neil is like a rubber band with attitude.” -Dr. Chris Grymes

Hobbies: collecting Pez, watching Battlestar Galactica, seeking world peace through the acquisition and use of portable technology

Long-time girlfriend: Hannah Spence (one first name, but it’s a palindrome)

Who will play him in The Movie: Jamie Bamber crossed with Gene Kelly


Jamie Bamber
Gene Kelly