Born in Manhattan, Vanessa Parise grew up the third of five children in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. She graduated from Harvard with a major in Biology and a self-proclaimed minor in acting in forty student productions. Her pursuit of a medical degree at Harvard Medical School ended when she secured financing for her first original screenplay, KISS THE BRIDE, which she also produced and directed. The feature film, starring Parise along with Alyssa Milano, Sean Patrick Flannery, and Talia Shire, was sold to MGM and enjoyed a theatrical release before airing on Showtime, Lifetime, Starz and the CW, and was named Best Feature at The Hamptons and Cinequest Film Festivals, among others.
Parise’s sophomore feature was JACK AND JILL VS THE WORLD, which she co-wrote, produced and directed, and also starred in along with Taryn Manning. Parise is currently starring in the Netflix hit Project MC2. She recently appeared in I’M IN THE BAND for Disney, and starred in the play SPIKE HEELS, which she also produced to rave reviews from the LA Times. She sold the 1/2 hour comedy pilot SHAPE to Tricon, and starred in its pilot presentation. Parise has also sold the show THE NEW TWENTY to Freeform as well as a pitch, IT TAKES A VILLAGE, with Courtney Cox to ABC, in which she will also star.
Parise is a dual citizen of the US and Canada.
FILM & TELEVISION
• PROJECT MC2 (RECURRING) – LEAD – NETFLIX
• SPIN (in dev) – LEAD – CORUS
• PERDITON CITY (in dev) – LEAD – FRONT STREET
• I’M IN THE BAND – ALI – DISNEY
• JACK AND JILL VS THE WORLD – LEAD – LIFETIME
• ONCE WE WERE KINGS – LEAD – MUSE
• KISS THE BRIDE – LEAD – MGM
• HAPPY TRAILS – LEAD – SCTV
• OASIS – LEAD – SCTV
• LO AND JO – LEAD – EMPERA
• SHAPE – REGULAR – TRICON
• ON SET ON EDGE – REGULAR – WB
• BEYOND BELIEF – MADISON – SYFY
• NASH BRIDGES – GUEST – CBS
• SAVVY – REGULAR – BRAVO
• SPIKE HEELS – LEAD – ACT
• SEASCAPE – LEAD – CIRCLE IN THE SQ
• TOP GIRLS – LEAD – CIRCLE IN THE SQ
• MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – LEAD – SF SHAKESPEARE
• OLEANNA – LEAD – NY SHAKESPEARE
• A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…FORUM – LEAD – COLONIAL THEATER
• WESTERLY HIGH SCHOOL – Valedictorian
• HARVARD UNIVERSITY – BA Magna Cum Laude, accepted Harvard Medical School
• CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE SCHOOL CONSERVATORY – Prof. Acting Certificate
• SECOND CITY IMPROV CONSERVATORY – Prof. Acting Certificate
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