Maurice Emmanuel Parent is an actor, singer, dancer, educator, and mentor originally from the Washington, D.C., area. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of The Front Porch Arts Collective, "a black theatre company committed to advancing racial equity in Boston through theater" and Consulting Producer for the Huntington Theatre Company. As an actor he has performed Off-Broadway and regionally at The York Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Futon Opera House, Neighborhood Opera Company, Barrington Stage, Music Theatre of Wichita, Cape Playhouse, Northern Stage, Huntington Theatre Co., New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Co., Central Square Theater, Lyric Stage Co., Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., and Wheelock Family Theatre. Maurice has performed internationally with Gardner and Wife productions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a resident company member of the Actors' Shakespeare Project. He has been nominated for four Elliot Norton Awards by The Boston Theater Critics Association, winning twice for Outstanding Actor (Midsize Theater): in 2017 for Actors' Shakespeare Project's production of Edward II, and in 2008 for three performances in the same season: Some Men at SpeakEasy Stage, Angels in America Parts I and II at Boston Theatre Works, and The Wild Party at New Repertory Theatre. Maurice has been nominated for 8 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards winning three, and most recently received a nomination for 'Best Director of a Musical' for his directorial debut, Daniel Beaty's Breath and Imagination co-produced by The Front Porch and Lyric Stage Co. Parent's history as an educator extends back nearly a decade.
He's taught for Northeastern University, MIT, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, spent over 5 years as a Performing Arts Specialist in the Boston Public School System and is Visiting Faculty at the Boston University School of Theatre. He was named the Boston College Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts for 2018-2019 and a Tufts University Neubauer Faculty Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year.