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 has been working as a Featured Singer for Royal Caribbean International, aboard their ship Spectrum of the Seas based out of Singapore (The Silk Road) and, from April 2023, Navigator of the Seas, which sails the Mexican Riviera (Ballroom Fever, Showgirl: Past, Present, and Future). She is getting to travel to many new places, make friends with people from all over the world, and star in eight shows a week, spanning a wide variety of genres including pop, rock, jazz and musical theatre. While she can't wait to get back to New York City, her home base, Katherine is so grateful for this at-sea adventure and all that she is learning and experiencing through it.
Katherine's most recent New York City role, before beginning her career with Royal Caribbean, was as the Female Cover Singer in David Loud: Facing the Music, understudying Heidi Blickenstaff and Laura Darrell. She was honored to be a part of this incredible 92Y Lyrics and Lyricists production which told the story of Broadway music director David Loud's life and career, featuring music from his favorite theatrical credits and chapters read from his recently released memoir, Facing the Music.
A graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Manhattan School of Music, Katherine studied voice with Bob Stillman and appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone in the titular role (directed by Evan Pappas, music directed by David Loud), Spring Awakening as Wendla Bergman (under the direction of Chloe Treat), and in the ensembles of Sweeney Todd (directed by Ted Pappas) and Cabaret (helmed by Don Stephenson).
Katherine got her start as a soprano in her church's choir, and has since been a paid choir member and soloist at many establishments. She is an avid, skilled sight reader with a strong background in music theory and she nerds out any time she gets to sing really difficult harmonies! She is also passionate about the creation of new work, and loves participating in workshops and witnessing the molding and crafting of a new piece of theatre. She finds nothing more intellectually and creatively stimulating than being a part of the sacred collaboration that is at the heart of this art we adore.
Other hobbies of hers include reading an excessive amount of fiction, playing Joni Mitchell and Taylor Swift on guitar, knitting Christmas gifts for her family, cooking and hosting epic dinner feasts and games nights for her friends, finding typos on restaurant menus, cutting her own hair, hiking tall peaks and spending time outdoors, swimming in cold water, and exploring as many corners of this vast and beautiful world as she can.
Katherine grew up in Southern California studying acting and musical theatre at the Tony Award-winning regional theatre South Coast Repertory, and she made her professional debut in their 35th annual production of A Christmas Carol as the tallest Martha Cratchit they’ve ever had.