Ms. Parnian founded the Dark Horse Theatre Company, L.L.C. in 2009. Prior to that, she directed numerous plays in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. She completed her directing apprenticeship in 2006 at the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a protégé of Michael R. Simmons, Managing Artistic Director of CAST, and a former student of film director Sidney Lumet. She enjoys collaborating, learning from, and creating with fellow theatre practitioners. Her special interests include: psychological realism, new play development, improvisation, and sound design. She is an actor's director and thoroughly enjoys the process of developing plays in partnership with these artists.
Brittani started working in the performing arts arena in 2013 and has flourished ever since. She’s currently a Merchandiser and Ticket Lead at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center, and has also worked in the administrative office as a part-time Marketing Assistant.
Because of her love for theatre, Brittani works with the Performing Arts for Kids, a non-profit organization that introduces young kids to performing arts.
Recently, Brittani joined the Dark Horse Theatre Company as the Stage Manager of Calamity Improv in 2018, and has quickly transitioned into the Casting Director position for the company. Working with this group has truly been an honor and a privilege. I absolutely love every minute of it!
Sarah has been involved with local theatre and independent films since 2008. She started with Dark Horse Theatre Company in 2018 as a guest player for Calamity Improv. In 2019, she became a regular cast member of Calamity and starred in Dark Horse’s Spring production of The Value of Moscow. Sarah is also a directing apprentice with the company (The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later). While she spends her days as a Developer in the IT world her spare time is dedicated to the local arts, volunteer work with veterans with PTSD and their families, and backpacking/hiking activities.
Arianne' has been on stages in New York City, D.C., Italy, and even exotic places like Cleveland, Ohio. She will follow great work anywhere. Ms. Warner is a founding member of Dark Horse. Favorite area performances include: Carol; Oleanna (DC Theatre Scene Awards nomination), Gogo; Waiting for Godot, Mary; Laughing Stock, Bananas; House of Blue Leaves, Veep. Arianne' holds a BA in theater from James Madison University and is currently pursuing her Masters degree. Arianne' would like to thank her extraordinary humans for their support and all of her dogs for their wisdom.
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE & ADVISOR
Scott joined the Dark Horse team in 2018 as a consultant and cast member of Calamity Improv. He played the role of Joseph Garcin in the Fall 2019 production of No Exit at Dark Horse. He is a career theatre educator. For the last 24 years, he has been serving as a secondary theatre teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. He has also been an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Virginia Tech and holds a Masters Degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. Favorite past performances include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Streetcar Named Desire, Next to Normal, A Christmas Carol, and Forever Plaid. He is a happily married man and father to three very artsy children.
Peyton has been involved with sound, lighting, stage management, and tech work wherever needed on a number of productions. He currently attends Fauquier HS and is avidly involved in the school’s music program. His interests also include art and creative writing. Peyton hopes to continue his work in the Northern VA area and beyond, mastering his technical and creative skills, and whatever opportunities come his way.
Andrew has been working with Dark Horse since 2010. He specializes in set development. Mr. Farms was also an associate producer for Sunday’s Child. In his formative years, Andrew became known as the first football player and actor of Centreville, VA. Andrew received critical praise for his Spring 2019 performance in The Value of Moscow and also produced No Exit, and IMPROVICON at Dark Horse. He is father to Francis, who is an actor in his own right. He takes a special interest in the Ohio State Buckeyes. GO BUCKS!
Pamela is a certified teacher of English and Drama in the states of VA and FL, who is now retired. As a graduate of OSU (B.S.), KSU (M.A.), and GMU (Masters, Ed), she has studied drama, literature, education, and public relations. While teaching at Loudoun County Public Schools, her areas of specialty were Shakespeare, theatre, and Greek mythology. Ms. Warner incorporated drama in her curriculum to encourage confidence, self-expression, and creativity in her students. She has staged drama productions for Loudoun County Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College. Much of her time is spent in New York City, where she frequents on and off Broadway productions.