Dr. Catherine Parker

Professor of Theatre

Dean, School of Humanities

Chair, Theatre Department

Dr. Catherine Parker
School of Humanities
Alumni Music Center 203
(248) 218-2154


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • M.A., Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S., Rochester College

Courses Taught

  • Communication Basics
  • Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • Appreciation of the Arts
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Performance Practicum
  • Ensemble Acting
  • Acting I
  • Acting II
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Musical Theatre Workshop
  • Theatre for Young People
  • Play Analysis
  • Production of the School Musical
  • Directing
  • Theatre and The Christian Faith
  • History of Western Theatre
  • Dramatic Criticism
  • Studies in Genre: Drama
  • Senior Project in Theatre
  • Internship in Theatre


  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA)

Professional and Academic Experience

  • Dean of the School of Humanities, Rochester College (2016- present)
  • Associate Dean of the School of Humanities, Rochester College (2015)
  • Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Department Chair, Rochester College (2010-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre, Rochester College (2000-2010)
  • Adjunct Instructor of Theatre, Rochester College (1997-2000)


Cathie is married to Nathan Parker and they have two sons, Owen and Curtis, and two cats, Walter and Gary. They live in Lake Orion, Michigan, where “living is a vacation” (at least according to the welcome sign). In her spare time, Cathie enjoys working on home improvement projects, scrapbooking and various other crafting activities, running, bicycling, gardening, reading, and watching her children enjoy their extracurricular activities.


Plays Directed at Rochester University
  • Tale of Two Cities adapted by Jill Santoriello (2016)
  • Little Women, the Broadway Musical by Allan Knee, Jason Howland, and Mindi Dickstein (2014)
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (2013)
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (2012)
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (2011)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (2009)
  • Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (2009)
  • Who Returned My Soul by Kelly Brock (2008)
  • The Miracle Worker by William Gibson (2006)
  • Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton (2005)
  • Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon (2004)
  • The Turn of the Screw by Jeffery Hatcher (2003)
  • The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere (2002)
  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling (2002)
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (2001)
  • Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott (2000)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1999)
  • The Curious Savage by John Patrick (1998)
  • Shadowlands by William Nicholson (1997)