writer, director, producer
Marc Parees is an award-winning director, producer and writer with over twenty years of experience in film, television and theater. Most recently, his digital documentary series on gay hook up and dating apps launched on Topic.com. His work for television includes the pilot and Golden Globe nominated first season of Smash for NBC Universal/Dreamworks Television, two broadcast network pilots and the pilot of HBO’s The Leftovers. He has also edited multiple unscripted shows for HGTV and DIY. As a writer and director, his films have screened at festivals across the country and abroad, garnering awards. Short films that he produced have screened worldwide and been broadcast nationally on HBO and PBS. His feature screenplay Southside of Main was short listed for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and his script Facing Phoenix was a finalist for the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. His thesis film Little Ones received grants from Warner Brothers and the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The finished film played over twenty festivals domestically and internationally and led to Marc’s selection for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artists Academy at the New York Film Festival. His commercials have received national broadcast and high profile digital releases. Marc recently collaborated with Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), resulting in the commercial Why I Run for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
His creative training started as classical ballet dancer and evolved into acting and directing, earning a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His theatre projects include working with Lincoln Center Theater, Mabou Mines, MCC Theater and the Guthrie Theater and directing productions for several companies in New York City and across the country. Highlights include the premiere of Taylor Mac’s The Hot Month and the award winning world premiere of Ron Berry’s Orange for the Refraction Arts Project in Austin, Texas. He had the honor of assisting Craig Lucas on the Broadway revival of Reckless and assistant directing the original New York production of Wit.
Marc earned his MFA in Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.