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on Rikers Island and those who are clients at Odyssey House, a rehabilitation facility that counsels young people in addiction and substance abuse. Like many of the students she teaches, Lori’s interest in theater began in high school in an after school program for acting. She went on to further her training by receiving a B.A. in Theater Arts from Cornell University. While a student there, she starred in plays such as Antigone, Metamorphoses, and A Midsummer's Night Dream. As a director, she staged productions of The Colored Museum and for colored girls and blacks boys, an adaptation of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf. Additionally, while completing her B.A. she began working on her one woman show focused on the events around Hurricane Katrina. Upon graduating, Lori moved to New York City, where she appeared in various stage productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Mizz Scarlett, Mirrors, and Russian Roulette. She recently made her regional theater debut starring in BOP: The North Star (Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY). She is also an original member of the ensemble for Dispatches From (A)mended America, a new play taken from interviews conducted all over the South in the month leading up to the Obama Inauguration. Lori has also starred in short films such as ‘A Love Grows in Brooklyn’, ‘Take One’, and ‘Keep the Change’. As a director in New York City, she has directed staged readings of new plays such as Vivian X


Lori E. Parquet is an actor, director, playwright, and teaching artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. As a teaching artist, she has worked with several organizations including Epic Theatre Ensemble, City Lights Youth Theatre, Possible Art, and the world-renowned Apollo Theatre. She has brought her love of theater to students from grades K-12 in every borough of New York City. She has led acting and playwriting residencies for New York City Public Schools such as Talent Unlimited High School, PS 28, PS 169, PS107x, CS 61, Chelsea High School, and Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, just to name a few! Lori has a particular passion for the teaching artist work she does with “at-risk” youth who are students at Horizon Academy