Tiffany Parks

English Instructor, Playwright

1996 Alumni

Biography

English, 1996
English Instructor at Gwinnett Technical College


Since Emory

Two years after graduating, I decided to go to graduate school to become a teacher. Once I received my M.Ed., I started teaching at the postsecondary level. I have never stopped writing plays. In 2010, I won the AAPEX Award for Best New Play. The play was about African American/Jewish relationships in 1950s Atlanta. In August 2012, the Atlanta Writers’ Club awarded me third place for the short play Cashed. I just recently interviewed Alfred Uhry, the writer of Driving Miss Daisy, for the Atlanta Jewish Times. Mr. Uhry gave some interesting advice and insight into the playwriting business in New York.

Current activities

When I’m not writing plays, I am constantly writing articles to keep my writing skills sharp. I am a member of Working Title Playwrights and the Atlanta Writers’ Club. I am about to start writing another play that will hopefully get produced in the future.

Highlights at Emory

Emory gave me a solid foundation to develop my playwriting skills. I loved writing and producing student plays at Emory. The faculty and staff at Emory were extremely supportive of me. I was blessed to be able to have the Emory experience.

In retrospect

I’d advise freshmen students to take advantage of the excellent resources at Emory. The university is there to help students develop their talents. The real world will not be as nurturing and caring as Emory. Students who take advantage of the university’s resources to develop their skills will have an advantage in the work place and will have more opportunities than their counterparts.