Professor Marsha Parker will bring her 27 years of Lindenwood experience to Belleville when she joins the faculty in July as director of theatre at Lindenwood Belleville.
Parker is currently teaching the Fundamentals of Acting course at Lindenwood University-Belleville and says she looks forward to expanding into her role of overseeing the campus’ new theatre program.
“I love LU-Belleville’s Ittner Auditorium,” Parker said. “I am looking forward to working in it, as well as working with the students and staff to build a fabulous theatre program at the university.”
Parker’s duties as director of theatre will include teaching, directing, recruiting, and advising. She will also coordinate theatrical activities in the auditorium for the university, as well as working with high schools, colleges, companies, and community theatre groups to bring unique theatrical performances to campus and the Belleville community.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have my friend Marsha Parker join us here at LU-Belleville,” said Paige Mettler-Cherry, dean of academics at Lindenwood University-Belleville. “In addition to her expertise in and passion for the theatrical arts, Marsha has an unmatched history with Lindenwood University that spans from her experience as a student when Lindenwood was a women’s-only college to her administrative and professorial roles during the current renaissance Lindenwood has experienced.
"Her wealth of experience and dynamic personality will be a tremendous asset to the growth of LU-Belleville and our theatre arts program,” Mettler-Cherry added.
A two-time Lindenwood alumna, faculty member and administrator, Parker has previously served as director of evening and graduate admissions, alumni director, dean of fine and performing arts, and professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. She also played a key role in designing the university’s J. Scheidegger Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
“As director of theatre at the Belleville campus, I feel like I’m starting another chapter in my time at Lindenwood,” Parker said.
Parker is also currently an artistic advisor for Citilites Theatre in St. Louis. She is a founding member of the St. Charles Theatre Company and has written and directed a host of community, academic, and university productions.
Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of fine arts in theatre from Lindenwood University.