NEVERDARK SERIES 2021Outstanding Performances Brought to Life Online
Sunday, June 20th & Tuesday, June 22nd | Performed at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts
Based on stories from Maurice Parent
When an actor turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, he learns that it’s less of a job and more of a constant, visceral reminder of one’s own success and/or failure. Mr. Parent is a hilarious, joyful, and heartbreakingly honest peek into the kids, adults, and systems of the Boston Public Schools. Based on the real-life adventures of favorite Boston actor Maurice Parent, Mr. Parent asks, “What does it mean to show up for our kids — and ourselves?”
Maurice Emmanuel Parent is an award-winning actor, director, educator and mentor with 20 years of professional experience. He has over 40 acting credits at theatres across the nation and abroad, having performed with some of Boston’s oldest and most respected companies such as the Huntington Theatre Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, and Central Square Theater among others. His work as an actor has earned him two Elliot Norton Awards from The Boston Theater Critics Association, three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards, and an ArtsImpulse Award. Currently Parent is a full time Professor of the Practice in the Tufts University Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and co-Producing Artistic Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, “a black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater.”
Natalie Kane | NeverDark Artistic
Natalie is a New York/New Jersey-based director and dramaturg passionate about developing new works, as well as bringing classical theatre to new audiences, and is thrilled to be part of this season’s Apprenticeship Cohort at Gloucester! She has worked on productions with The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The Growing Stage Theatre, Dream Up Festival, and TSquared Production Company. Favorite directing credits include The Winter’s Tale (Evergreen Theatre Collective), staged readings for TGS’s New Play-Reading Festival, and an upcoming recording of the new play Zig-Zag for the Premiere the Play podcast. Throughout the pandemic Natalie has organized many informal Zoom readings, and suddenly found time to pursue an abundance of knitting and watercolor projects. She is a proud alumna of Kenyon College, National Theater Institute, and The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s Summer Professional Training Program. NatalieKaneDirector.com.
Tatiana Pless | NeverDark Production
Tatiana Pless received her BA in Theatre from Davidson College. At the beginning of her undergraduate career, she enjoyed performing onstage and took direction from others. Towards the end, she went behind the scenes as a scenic and prop designer, director, stage manager, wardrobe assistant, and a member of the stage crew. During 2019, Tatiana lived overseas in Greece and taught middle school students different aspects of theatre. She was able to coach a duet team to perform in one of Thessaloniki’s drama contests. One of her biggest career goals is to create her own dinner theatre to help formerly incarcerated individuals share their stories and use creative outlets as a form of expression. She is excited to be a part of Gloucester Stage’s 2021 Apprenticeship Program and can’t wait to learn more about the production process and what it takes to put a successful season together.
Jeremy Chiang | NeverDark Technical
Jeremy graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2020, with a major in theatre design and direction. While at URI, he spent most of his time working in the scene shop, learning a lot about carpentry and studying other designs. His senior year of college, he was able to assistant direct “She Kills Monsters”, Directed by 2019 Directing apprentice Madison Cook-Hines in the Fall semester. In the Spring semester he was able to independently design the set for the only main stage production, ‘Richard III”, which was a huge challenge, but very rewarding. Since the pandemic hit, he has had the opportunity to work on a few productions outside and over Zoom, but he can’t wait to get back to doing theatre more constantly. He is super excited to get back to doing theatre, and join Gloucester Stage!