On the Couch with Chris Parker

Chris Parker Arts Review On the CouchWho is Chris Parker?
I’m still working that out! I’m the father of two beautiful children, a partner to an incredible woman, and an artist that is still looking ways to define myself.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Go on holidays once a fortnight – even if it’s just a single day/night trip.

Who inspires you and why?
The late Nick Enright. He was a huge role model for me. He was such an inspiring teacher and always lead with his heart.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I don’t know. Teach perhaps… The classroom seems to be a place for conversation and an opportunity to encourage simplicity, focus, and exploration. I enjoy bringing things back to genuine human connection, and I find everyone is happier for that shift. It’s just very hard to live like that in the world outside the classroom because everything is moving so fast. You have to keep up!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Any mountain. I would love to climb Mt Everest one day.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
10 years ago I would have said my Mum’s house. She lived on a large property out in Wonga Park with horses we could ride into the National Park. Today… I don’t know.

What are you currently reading?
I don’t read often, unless it’s for work. I just finished watching the tv series Transparent which I enjoyed very much. And I am currently reading scripts for projects that I might be involved in next year.

What are you currently listening to?
I usually listen to meditation soundscapes while I am working in the office. In my life, I generally chase moments of silence.

Happiness is?
Stillness.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t know. I continue to observe, I continue to dream, I continue to listen, and I hope that all that leads to something… But I think the truth is, it leads nowhere. We just need to believe we are in control.

Chris is directing Vic Theatre Company’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at fortyfivedownstairs: 26 November- 11 December 2016. For more information, visit: www.victheatrecompany.com or www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.

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