Parker Murphy is a bay area performing artist. He was worked extensively in the Chicago area and is currently setting roots in San Francisco. While studying at Northwestern University, he found his artistic voice through his interdisciplinary studies in dance and psychology. 


Parker Murphy is a performer who bridges his interests in Dance and Psychology. His artistic nature is to explore how the psychological experience is expressed through dance by gaining a deeper understanding of dance improvisation and choreography. How does the psychological state, either transient or enduring, inform the work of a dancer and choreographer? 

For Murphy, dance is an art form that is influenced by everything that the performer and choreographer bring to the table. The environment in which the dance is created, rehearsed, and performed all change and inform the psychological and artistic experience and process. Murphy aims to integrate his academic background with his artistic knowledge, to create work that goes beyond movement and stimulates dancers and audience members on a deep cognitive and cerebral level. 


Parker Murphy graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a BA in Dance and Psychology. While at Northwestern, Murphy had the pleasure of performing in works choreographed by Jeff Hancock, Molly Shanahan, Billy Siegenfeld, Annie Beserra, David Lakin, Amanda Lower, Susan Lee, and Lizzie Leopold among others. He has also danced with Chicago’s Striding Lion Performance Group in Remember the (Alamo). During his time in Chicago, Murphy choreographed many works for New Movement Project, Graffiti Dancers, and various theater and musical theater productions. 

San Francisco credits include California Shakespeare Theater’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shotgun Players' Antigonick, Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF, LEVYdance, 13th Floor Dance Theater, GERALDCASELDANCE, [detour dance], EmSpace Dance, RAWdance, FACT/SF, and Hope Mohr and Christian Burns’ The Material of Attention.

 In New York he has worked with Liz Gerring Dance Company and Kate Weare Dance Company. He was an original cast member in Third Rail Project's critically acclaimed immersive production, The Grand Paradise. Murphy is currently performing in Punchdrunk's award-winning, long standing Off-Broadway production, Sleep No More

Murphy has an extensive background in various leadership roles both in and out of the theater. As a passionate producer, Murphy pulls from his experiences and background in set design, technical direction, and stage management.  He has served as president and treasurer of a variety of arts organizations and served on the Board of Directors for Northwestern's orientation program. Currently, Murphy is on the administrative staff as well as a freelance administrator with various dance companies and artists. 



Department Distinction in Dance

Dance Department Excellence Award - 
    Granted for outstanding achievement in
    departmental studies

School of Communication Senior to Watch -
     Awarded to select seniors for their
     contributions to the University and promise for
     the future. See article here

School of Communication Century Scholar - 
     Invited by the Dean of the school based on
     exceptional scholarship, contributions to the
     arts, and leadership in the University

Lynn Blom Award - 
     Awarded to an undergraduate for pursuing
     Professional Dance studies