Norcross, Georgia

Gina Parrish is the theatre director at Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia. She is currently in her 29th year as a teacher and director. Three of those years were at Orange County High School in Orange, Virginia. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.F.A. and from University of Virginia with an M.Ed. “Pev,” a nickname used by all, has often stated that she has the greatest job in the world. She delights in hearing from former students about how being involved in high school theatre changed and molded the person they have become. Parrish served on the Georgia Thespian State Board for several years and directed and choreographed the conference opening number for three of them. She was inducted into the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame in 2011, something of which she is very proud. She has performed several shows on the mainstage at the Georgia Conference, and her diverse group of students have, over the years, won their region one-act play competitions and moved on to the state level. In 2009, her production of Lost in Yonkers won the state title. For high school students in her area, she helped develop a pre-prom program that involves and drunk-driving reenactment complete with police, fire and rescue, a life-flight helicopter, and a funeral. Her other strength is her family. Her husband, Jeff, is her rock. They have two sons: Nick, who is a wonderful and kind young man, and JT, who is a proud member of the U.S. Navy.