Joining Trinity Repertory Company in 2015, Tom Parrish is responsible for providing institutional leadership for the organization, including audience and donor development and financial management. During his tenure, the organization has twice broken the 55-year historical sales record for highest grossing production; commissioned and produced the highest grossing non-holiday production in organizational history; grown ticket revenue by 32% and overall earned income by 31%; grown Annual Fund income by 62% and unrestricted individual annual giving by 95%; achieved 30% growth in season subscriptions; deepened the relationship with Brown University and grown their investment in the program through full tuition waivers for all students; restructured the organization’s long-term debt; and eliminated a persistent $1 million structural deficit to achieve positive operating cash flow for the first time in over a decade in 2017 and positive operating net income for the first time in over 20 years in 2018 and 2019. Parrish’s work has been recognized with the Best Practice Award for Leadership from the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at the Rhode Island Foundation and Providence Business News’ “Forty Under 40.” He is actively involved with the League of Resident Theatres, the management association of America’s top-tier professional regional theaters, where he serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and participated on multiple negotiating committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre Forward, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Providence District Management Authority; the Advisory Committee of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau; and as an Incorporator of the Providence Foundation.
Before Trinity Rep, Parrish served as Executive Director of Geva Theatre Center, Executive Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and Associate Managing Director and General Manager of San Diego Repertory Theatre. Parrish has also worked in various capacities at Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, The Cleveland Play House, Meadow Brook Theatre, Dobama Theater, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has received “Forty Under 40” recognition from Rochester Business Journal, Merrimack Valley Magazine, and San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, and an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Producer. He holds an M.B.A. and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in Theater Arts and Economics from Case Western Reserve University. He also attended the National Theater Institute and Commercial Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Harvard Business School’s Strategic Initiatives in Non Profit Management, where he was an F. Steele Blackall III Fellow.