Parker Murphy graduated 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. Regional theater credits include, An American in Paris where he served as Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain and performed in the ensemble. Murphy performed multiple lead roles (Macbeth, Banquo, Witch, Malcolm, Porter, Mr. Fulton, Taxidermist, and Edmund Favell) in Punchdrunk's award-winning, long standing Off-Broadway production, Sleep No More. Currently, Parker is originating the role of “The Lover” in Faena Theater’s, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover in Miami Beach, FL.
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 of Hope Mohr Dance as well as a freelance administrator with various dance companies and artists.