Theater Arts Teacher: Kate Parr
Kate Whipple Parr is a native of Columbia, an Irmo High School and Presbyterian College graduate. Her love for theatre arts blossomed early when she earned the lead as the first female “Peter Penguin” in her elementary school’s annual 5th grade play. She later had the opportunity to spread her wings as an actor in roles as varied as Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird and Cecily, in The Importance of Being Earnest. While in high school, Mrs. Parr attended The Governor’s School for the Arts Summer Program, in Theatre, and received training in acting, voice and diction, movement, and masking.
At Presbyterian College, Mrs. Parr earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Fine Arts, as well as departmental honors in Fine Arts. She was a member of both Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Psi Omega (national theatre honor society). Throughout college, she performed in many plays and roles that included Lucky in Waiting for Godot and Houy in The Survivor: A Cambodian Odyssey, which earned her an Irene Ryan nomination for acting at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s (SCTA) annual convention. At Presbyterian College, Mrs. Parr was trained in the acting techniques of Meisner, Stanislavski, and Mamet, in addition to completing courses on directing, theatre history, stage design and technical theatre.
Mrs. Parr has also been a lifelong runner. She was an active member of Irmo High School’s cross country and track teams, earning individual and team region and state honors. During her four years as a student at Presbyterian College, she continued running cross country at the collegiate level where she served as team captain, and received several athletic awards
Parr’s teaching career began in Darlington County at Thornwell School for the Arts and Hartsville Middle School, where she served as the lead theatre teacher for the magnet arts program for three years. While Mrs. Parr was teaching in Darlington County, the number of students participating in the theatre program doubled. She also created a Darlington County Theatre Arts curriculum guide for grades 3-5 and 6-8.