Stephen Parry


Stephen Parry has more than 25 years of experience working in broadcasting and video production. He is passionate about producing documentary media that explores American music, popular culture and history.

His documentary, Old Friends examined historical preservation efforts in Midwest communities. Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music produced for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) gives elementary school students a greater understanding and appreciation for bluegrass music and its contribution to American culture.

Stephen's interest in American roots music led him to create The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance. Since its release in the fall of 2011, The Hayloft Gang has broadcast on PBS stations across the country. A successful user generated video contest and social media campaign was developed to promote the film. Parry and The Hayloft Gang were nominated for a 2012 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for "Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Historical.

Parry has presented at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, TN, Brown University, Milliken University, and Old Town School of Folk Music. Most recently Stephen was awarded a fellowship from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to serve as a US delegate at INPUT 2012, The International Public Television Screening Conference in Sydney, Australia. 

Grants include; ITVS-LINCS, National Endowment for the Arts (Folk & Traditional Arts) National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Humanities Council, KET Fund for Independent Production, Kentucky Arts Council, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Humanities Iowa, Hellman Family Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs.