Mike Parker is a Renaissance Man of sorts. An award-winning writer, actor, director, & playwright, Mike holds a BA degree in Bible and Philosophy.
Following a stint as an officer with the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets), a career as a stockbroker during the great bull market of the eighties, and an entrepreneurial plunge into the uncertain world of television syndication, Mike moved his family from God’s Country (West Texas) to Music City (Nashville, Tennessee) to help start a community theatre company. Blessed (or cursed) with an insatiable curiosity, he is voracious reader, questioner, and ponderer.
As a freelance writer he has had more than 2,000 articles, celebrity profiles, music, book, film, and theater reviews published by dozens of national print and online periodicals. He has served as managing editor for Grassroots Music Magazine, TrueTunes Magazine, and the online entertainment magazine, BuddyHollywood.com. He is the author of the fantasy novel, The Scavengers and co-author of the networking book, Shameless Self Promotion.
In 2007 Mike and his wife Paula founded WordCrafts Press, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction books, and then founded WordCrafts Theatrical Press to publish and administer production rights for stage plays.
He was a founding member of three community theatre companies, and has adapted numerous classic novels for the stage, including Mark Twain Presents the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain Presents the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray.
Mike began his TV/film career in the mid-1980s following a fluke, guest host appearance on a local music video TV show called Saltracks. What was intended as a one-off resulted in Mike being invited to co-host the show, and eventually take over as the show’s host and producer. Saltracks aired on the ACTS Television Network and earned an ACTS Award as Best Music Variety Show on the network. Mike later launched the nationally-syndicated music video show, NightVision, which aired in 47 markets and on the Keystone Inspirational Network. After moving to Nashville, Mike continued writing for television and served as primary scriptwriter for three popular music video programs for JC-TV, scripting more than 100 episodes of the shows TX-10, XVZ, and Rewind. His screenplay adaptation, Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, was a finalist in the Gideon Media Arts Screenplay competition, and his screenplay adaptation of the horror novel, Obedience, and his family drama screenplay, Bloodlines, have been optioned by Rule 14 Pictures. Most recently he adapted the action-adventure novel, Cyberkill, for the screen.
As a professional actor, Mike is represented by The Avenue Agency (Nashville/Atlanta) and has since appeared in numerous feature films, TV shows, music videos, commercials, and industrial films, including ABC’s hit drama, Nashville, opposite Connie Britton, the feature film All Saints, opposite John Corbett, Modern Prodigal, with Francine Locke, and has been cast in a recurring role in the TV series, Way Back in the Woods. He went on to found Rule 14 Pictures where he produced and directed the feature film, The Trouble With Rain.