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Richard Parks

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Rick Parks was born and raised in an idyllic little town in Vermont. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (‘80), Parks first worked as an actor/director/stage combat choreographer, with Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival (two seasons), as well as the Pittsburgh Public, The Virginia and New Jersey Shakespeare festivals, and numerous Off-Broadway productions. In the 80’s he co-founded an East-Village political theater group, Pink, performing in New York, the Edinburgh Theater Festival and throughout Europe.

In 1987, Rick began writing for film and television. His partnering, with writer-director Andy Tennant, began with half hour television and progressed to the feature world with the sale of Cupid to Robert De Niro’s TriBeCa film company.

Their partnership flourished, including the Television Pilot for Sliders, the TNT movie Keep The Change  (Billy Peterson, Jack Palance), It Takes Two, Fools Rush In (Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, Jill Clayburgh), Anna and the King (Jodie Foster), Ever After (Drew Barrymore, Angelica Huston), Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon), Hitch (Will Smith), and  Fool's Gold (Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson).

Parks and Tennant currently have a script with 20th Century Fox studios titled The Rhythm Method, and one with Universal titled Around the World in 80 Dates.  And coming full circle back to the small screen, the pair currently have a TV pilot deal with Lifetime/Fox.

Parks has a ski picture in pre-production, an around the world project in Gap Year and has just completed an animated piece for Amazon Studios entitled Down Under.

An avid believer in the power of paying it forward, Rick has at both taught classes and guest lectured the University of Texas in Los Angeles, and at Carnegie Mellon. He currently teaches advanced character study at USC.