Greg Parente holds the title of Director of The Young Performers Acting Program at the Ted Bardy Studio. Mr. Parente has been nationally recognized as winner of the “Outstanding Professional High School Acting Teacher of the Year” award by The Blackboard Awards Nominating committee. Frank McCourt (author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book and film Angela’s Ashes) personally presented him the coveted award. Mr. Parente is also Head of the Acting Department at the famed Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. Alumni include: Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Claire Danes, Jesse Eisenberg, and countless others. Many of Greg’s current students can be seen in starring roles on television: Gossip Girl, Days of Our Lives, and Guiding Light. Others, among them Connor Paolo, Addison Timlin, and Victor Rasuk, have starred in the films: World Trade Center, Mystic River, Alexander, Lords of Dogtown, Derailed, Raising Victor Vargas, and many others. On Broadway, his students have appeared in Les Miserables, The Lion King, Oklahoma, Nine, Grey Gardens, Coast of Utopia, Pillowman, Gypsy, and many other Broadway Hits. Greg is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Strain Theatre Company, a company geared towards cultivating and developing young talent. The Company, comprised of present and former students, is quickly making a name for itself in the downtown theatre scene. For the Strain Greg has acted in/directed Proof, The Indian Wants the Bronx, Shooting Gallery, Leader, Tape, The Lost Girl, The Sin-Eater, Ragnarok, & Spectre. Mr. Parente holds an MFA in Acting from the prestigious Asolo Conservatory at Florida State University and furthered his training under the direct guidance of Ted Bardy at The Ted Bardy Studio.