Executive and Artistic Director Raphael Parry joined Shakespeare Dallas in 2002, assuming his current role in 2008. Since then he has grown Shakespeare to a year-round theatre company reaching over 50,000 people annually through performances, classes and workshops across North Texas.
Parry oversees all productions and has also directed and performed in over 35 plays for the company including The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear, Tartuffe, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Pericles, Twelfth Night, Othello, Hamlet and a world premiere adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.
Parry is the co-founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Undermain Theatre, the Founding Producer of Project X: Theatre and served for five years as Artistic Director of Young Audiences of North Texas. Additional selected directing/performance credits include An Almost Holy Picture (Echo Theatre); Road, Fool for Love (Kitchen Dog Theater), A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Zachary Scott Theater in Austin).
Across his career, he has received over 20 awards including citations from the Dallas Theatre Critics’ Forum and the Leon Rabin Awards. Parry has also been recognized for his ongoing contributions to the theatrical scene with the Dallas Theatre League Standing Ovation Award in 2006.