Katherine Parrish has come a long way since her theatrical debut as a lanky, shy, glasses-clad Queen of Hearts in her fourth grade production of Alice in Wonderland. Most recently, Katherine was the Female Cover Singer, understudying Heidi Blickenstaff and Laura Darrell, in David Loud: Facing the Music, a 92Y Lyrics and Lyricists production based on Broadway music director David Loud's newly released memoir. A recent graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Manhattan School of Music, Katherine studies voice with Bob Stillman and has appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone in the titular role (dir. Evan Pappas, music dir. David Loud), Spring Awakening as Wendla Bergman under the direction of Chloe Treat, and in the ensembles of Sweeney Todd (dir. Ted Pappas) and Cabaret (dir. Don Stephenson).
During her free time at school, Katherine participated as a soprano soloist in the Conducting Lab Chorus, worked as an Orientation Leader to welcome new students to the school, completed an Art and Architecture study abroad course in Europe, and traveled to Peru to do volunteer construction work at a preschool. Now out of school, when not searching for theatre work, she works as a server at a popular Upper West Side brunch spot, bikes around Central Park seeking out the best spots for reading, braids her friends’ hair, goes to art museums, attempts to play guitar, cooks epic dinner feasts for her friends, binges reality TV dating shows and talks to her seven stuffed animals.
Katherine journeyed to Cape Cod in 2019 to participate in College Light Opera Company’s 51st season where she appeared in nine different shows in the span of eleven weeks including Bye Bye Birdie (Kim MacAfee), Crazy for You (Patsy), and Godspell (Celisse, a.k.a.“Learn Your Lessons Well” soloist).
Back home in Southern California, Katherine grew up studying acting and performing at the Tony Award-winning regional theatre South Coast Repertory for six years, and she made her professional debut in their 35th annual production of A Christmas Carol as the tallest Martha Cratchit they’ve ever had.