Wendy Parman has spent a life in the performing arts, singing, acting, writing and creating material and as well as teaching. Recently her solo show, Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here, which debuted at Three Cat Productions’ Solo Chicago Festival 2018, was re-imagined for Prop Theatre’s Rhinofest 2019, with new material.
She was thrilled to understudy for several roles in the acclaimed production of Elizabeth Rex at Oak Park Theatre Festival this past summer, and got to perform as the Countess of Henslowe. In the autumn of 2018, she was delighted to appear at Apollo Theater in a staged reading of “The Flora and Fauna” which was a benefit for the #metoo movement.
Wendy has appeared in a number of shows at Davenport’s Cabaret, both in solo performances and with her partners in musical craziness with Justin Bernard Bowse and Lauren Merrick Blazer. They created “Torch!” and “You and Your Words” over the past few seasons.
Recent film projects include, Ekstasis, directed by Noah Way, (still in post) indie short Grey Area, a take on the political situation today, and Venere, a film that addresses women’s reproductive issues, being currently shopped around at film festivals. She just wrapped a 48 HR Film Project, which will show Sept 22, at The Music Box.
In 2016-2017 she created a musical/comedy web series, humorously based on her life as a singer/voice teacher in Chicago, called Callie’s Solo, which was screened at Cinema New York City Festival, Web Series Global Festival and Columbia College’s Alumini Filmmakers Night. (See more info and links on the Callie’s Solo page).
She also appeared in the film Abraded, which is now being submitted to festivals as well as the web series “Life Defined” in Episode 3 on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UxUdqlheZQ
Other films include Sting, Slump and Will ‘o’ the Wisp.
Originally from Kansas, Wendy graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Theater/Voice, where she studied classical music and sang the roles of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and had the unique opportunity to study with Z. Cynkutis, one of the original actors from the Grotowski ‘s renowned Teatr Laboratorium, with a specially selected group of students. Wendy appeared in summer stock theatre with Vassar Playhouse and played Eliza in My Fair Lady as well as Marty in Grease.
She came to Chicago and appeared in a number of successful productions, including the Jeff Citation winning “Animal Farm” as Clover and (also Jeff cited) Threepenny Opera, directed by Kyle Donnelly. She also continued her studies with Kyle as well as Eileen Vorbach at the Actor’s Center, which trained extensively in Sanford Meisner technique.
Wendy at that time collaborated with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski, to create a theatrical song cycle based on her poetry which they performed a number of times, paired with other European Cabaret music, including songs of Kurt Weill, Brecht and Eisler. In recent years Jaroslaw and Wendy have renewed their collaboration, writing some new songs, and performing and recording their song cycle, “a tale of woe’s and could-it-be’s”.
Wendy appeared in Prop Theater’s production of the Lulu Sex Tragedies directed by acclaimed South African director Christiaan Pretorius, as Countess Geschwitz and in many other theaters, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater and Huron Theater. She was a guest artist for a Columbia College production of Six Characters in Search of an Author and created the role of Anna Akhmatova in an original work by Jill Daly at Links Hall with songs based on Akhmatova’s poetry by Ilya Levinson.
Wendy shifted gears in 2003, after getting her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia, where she concentrated on creating original work, combining song writing, and performance. She and her husband at the time embarked on a new adventure which was the roots band, The Red Apples. They played extensively around the Chicago area playing early rock ‘n roll, rockabilly, blues, country, and Western Swing ,as well as original songs.
When the band disbanded in 2013, Wendy went back to her theatrical and cabaret roots, performing in a number of shows at Davenport’s; (solo show, This is New, and Christmas benefit, Merry Measures) as part of a jazz trio at SIP; and with the Falconaires Orchestra, (a USO show of big band music from the 40’s). Recent theatrical appearances include “Enchanted April” at Big Noise Theater, and Bud’s Café at Stage 773.
Wendy first created and hosted the Singer’s Salon, in 2011, both as an open mic for singers and a home for workshops, first at Deagan Music , then at 3160 Cabaret for several years. Most recently hosted at D.C. Torium, the Salon always remains a part of her teaching studio. Wendy teaches voice lessons, as well as performance coaching . She has worked with many musical theater artists locally as well as singer/songwriters, jazz singers, pop/rock and soul singers. She recently completed level 1 studies in the Lovetri Method and has been thrilled to incorporate this wonderful functional training into her already extensive repertoire of vocal technique. More information on Wendy’s studio can be found on the Lessons page. Here’s a link to her studio facebook page: