Mary C. Parker
1. What do you do at CEI?
I support clients to build their capacity to strategically incorporate DEI through intentional, collaborative relationships.
2. What did you do prior to CEI?
Prior to CEI, I led a business that worked to disrupt fragility and deepen humility through consulting, coaching, and playshops informed by a praxis of applied improvisation, dialogue facilitation, playback theatre, and theatre of the oppressed. I utilized play and games to add levity in unlearning bias and dismantling oppression. More recently, I taught in academia courses on Anti-Racist and Equitable Practices in Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed: An Introduction to Forum Theatre Performance, Applying Improv to the Workplace, and Ensemble Lab: Combining Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed for Ensemble Performances. My work has brought me to collaborate with organizations and communities in Potsdam, London, Kuala Lumpur, Pittsburgh, Zimbabwe, Atlanta, and Seattle.
3. Why do you do this work?
I’ve always had the drive to leave the world better than how I’m experiencing it. This motivates me to do work that supports individuals to be more resilient in the face of oppression.
4. What do you believe?
I believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to be valued and treated with equity.
5. What is a question that guides your work?
If not now, when?