Selected Student Bios

Maurice Parent

Maurice Parent was born and raised in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Maurice’s mother, an accountant for the federal government and father, a drafter, encouraged his love of the arts since the age of 5. He began performing in his church and school community and continued to do so through High School. Maurice began his study of voice while pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon completion of his degree, Maurice was accepted into the Program in Vocal Performance at New York University’s Steinhardt School where he currently is working towards a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Music Theater.

Mr. Parent’s professional credits include Storyville – (Southwestern Premiere, Galveston Island Musicals), Violet (Newman Theater), and Ragtime (Music Theater of Wichita and The Fulton Opera House). His NYU credits include Fiorello (Ben Marino), Babes in Arms (Ivor), Street Scene (Dick McGann), God Lives in Glass (Original Cast member), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.) A Chorus Line (Ritchie) and Parade (Jim Conley).

As a soloist, Maurice has performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Neighborhood Opera Co, (Pittsburgh. PA) and sung the National Anthem for a Major League Baseball exhibition game. He performed the role of Andre in Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia for the Malaysian Royal Family and other dignitaries. 

Mr. Parent began studying dance at Carnegie Mellon Univ. and continued his studies at Broadway Dance center, Steps on Broadway, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has worked with chorographers such as Baayork Lee and Karen Azenberg. Maurice was accepted into an acting intensive at the Atlantic Theater Co. founded by David Mamet and William H Macy.