Director – Donna Parish

Donna Parish is currently a Script Supervisor on the outrageous Fox comedy, Raising Hope.  Donna Parish’s rich background in theater gives her a deep appreciation of working with story, and actors while never losing sight of the ‘big’ picture.  In New York, Parish was a member of the famed Lab at Circle Repertory Company. which consisted of directors, writers and actors whose mandate was to develop new plays.  She also worked regionally, directing A Streetcar Named Desire, Getting Out, The Gin Game, The Diviners, Little Foxes and American Buffalo.

 

Parish realized the need to explore beyond the boundaries of the theatre walls, studying filmmaking in the prestigious program at New York University.  She began her professional career in film in Los Angeles at Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons Studio, where she worked with the Executive Producer in development and production.  Parish followed advice for future producer/directors from producer Christine Vachon by working as a script supervisor, a position that is essentially an on-set, hands-on apprenticeship with a working director.

 The relationships she developed during that time stand her in good stead to this day, as she is able to count many of them as mentors.

As part of the DGA Women’s Kodak 35mm Project, Parish directed the short film Nate & Al, currently distributed though OUAT Media, Toronto, Canada.

Parish’s team spirit and leadership has been recognized by her peers in several arenas, including the fact that she has been a co-chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee for six years.  In that capacity she regularly interfaces with key industry leaders, and produces several events at the DGA every year.

 

Parish graduated from The University of Louisville, with a B.S. in Theatre Arts.  NYU film school was a rich and creative experience. She still maintains relationships developed during that time, including those with A-list casting directors and marquee named actors.