Richard D. Parks Award - Outstanding Graduating Senior

Richard Parks.Professor Richard D. Parks comes to his subject with over forty-five years experience in the theatre arts as an actor, director, producer, playwright, scholar, and teacher. He was the co-founder in 1958, of SJSU’s “Storytellers”, the instructor off all six sections of Oral Interpretation at Stanford University in 1965-66, and the Voice and Diction professor in the Fine Arts program at the University of Washington in 1971-72. He holds membership in the American Association of University Professors, CETA, American College Theatre Festival, American Film Institute, Dramatists Guild, Authors League of America, and many other regional and local organizations.


Book: Overcome Stage Fright
Play: Wild West Women
Play: Further Inquiry
Teaching Supplement: Early American Theatre 
Play: The Facts of Life

The The Richard D. Parks Award was established by The Theatre Arts Department in 1989 after liquidation of funds in “The Players Club” account. It is given to the Outstanding Graduating Senior with the highest grade point average.

Past Recipients

2016 Danielle Issa
2015 Kyle Worthington
2014 Akos Meggyes
2013 Lauren Serpa
2012 Julian Huguet
2011 Katie Zeisl
2010 Samantha Horn
2009 Ashley Nunes
2008 Saila Kariat
2007 Nicholas Park
2006 Brian Ringstad
2005 Audra Smrtic
2004 Laura Ciccarellc
2003 Erin Denny-Miller
2002 Jarmo Siimento
2001 Rachel Mandleberg
2000 Elizabeth Earnhardt