Vanessa just completed directing Freeform’s supernatural drama, BEYOND. She recently directed the back door pilot DRINK SLAY LOVE (Cierra Ramirez, EP Bella Thorne) based on the bestselling book. Vanessa has directed multiple episodes of the hit Amazon series JUST ADD MAGIC, for which the network put her up for an EMMY Award, and the new Terri Minsky series ANDI MACK.
Born in NYC and raised in Rhode Island, Parise ended her pursuit of a medical degree at Harvard Med to venture into the business as actor/writer/director/producer on the studio feature MGM’s KISS THE BRIDE (Alyssa Milano), now in its tenth year as a hit on Showtime, Lifetime, Starz and the CW. Parise followed this with her feature JACK AND JILL VS THE WORLD (Taryn Manning). She also directed thrillers #POPFAN (Chelsea Kane) and STATUS UNKNOWN and the comedic UNAUTHORIZED BEVERLY HILLS 90210 STORY and edgy PERFECT HIGH (Bella Thorne), earning huge numbers. As a writer, Vanessa has sold many spec features. She also sold a pilot script to Freeform and set up a pitch with Courtney Cox at ABCS.
Vanessa earned a 2016 Leo Nomination for Best Direction for Perfect High and a 2015 Leo Nomination for Best Direction for #Popfan. She was honored by Lifetime with their Broad Focus 2015 Top 5 Original Movies and by SheKnows as one of Ten Female Directors Breaking Stereotypes 2015. Vanessa’s films have played at The Hamptons (win, Starfish Award Best Feature), SxSW (win), Cinequest (win, Best Feature), Montecarlo (win), New England (win), Newport (win), Torino (win), Rhode Island (win, Best Feature), Sarasota (win), Aspen Comedy, Boston, Breckenridge, and Rome.
Parise is a dual citizen of the US and Canada.
• BEYOND – director – FREEFORM
• DRINK SLAY LOVE – director – LIFETIME
• JUST ADD MAGIC – director – AMAZON
• PROJECT MC2 – director – NETFLIX
• PERFECT HIGH – director – LIFETIME
• UNAUTHORIZED BEVERLY HILLS 90210 STORY – director – LIFETIME
• #POPFAN – director – LIFETIME
• DEMO GIRL – writer – UP
• WHEN CALLS THE HEART – writer – HALLMARK
• HOME – director/ actor – NGN/UNIVERSAL
• THE NEW TWENTY (sold) – creator/ writer/ exec producer – FREEFORM
• THE WEDDING CHAPEL – director – NGN/UNIVERSAL
• SHAPE (sold, in development) – creator/ exec producer/ director/ co-writer/ actor – TRICON
• IT TAKES A VILLAGE – creator/ exec producer/ writer – ABCS/COQUETTE
• ON SET ON EDGE – producer/ director/ actor – WB
• JACK AND JILL VS THE WORLD – writer/ director/ producer/ actor – MILLENIUM
• KISS THE BRIDE – writer/ director/ producer/ actor – MGM
• LO AND JO – writer/ director/ producer/ actor – EMPERA
• SPIN (sold, in development) – writer/ director/ producer – CORUS ENT
• PERDITION CITY (sold, in development) – writer/ director/ producer – FRONT STREET
• BFF (sold) – writer – WIND DANCER
• REBOOT (assignment) – rewrite – RAINMAKER
• NEVER CHANGE (assignment) – rewrite – BIGEL ENTERTAINMENT
• HARVARD UNIVERSITY – BA Magna Cum Laude, accepted Harvard Medical School
• CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE SCHOOL CONSERVATORY – Graduate
• SECOND CITY IMPROV CONSERVATORY – Graduate
• GLOBAL CINEMATOGRAPHY INSTITUTE PROGRAM – Graduate
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