TERESA PARENTEis an accomplished stage and television actress and an acclaimed singer. Trained in the theatre from her early teens, she’s performed on New York and regional stages across the country playing Comedy, Drama, Revues, Opera, Musicals and the Classics. CLICK HERE TO SEE MY ACTOR RESUME.
Her one-woman show -- a collection of songs from the 1930's and 40's, R&B, jazz, contemporary gems and original comedy, performed at nightclubs throughout Manhattan -- won an avalanche of critical kudos, calling her "a volcano” ...“a wicked comedienne and a lilting singer” who “sings the socks off R&B”, with “a mighty, passionate, vibrant voice”...”like an Amati violin," among other raves. At the same time, she became a familiar face and voice in scores of television and radio commercials (Click here for a partial list of Commerical Clients), also lending her talents to numerous industrial films and videos.
Upon moving to LA, she transitioned into Television and Film, slowly leaving music behind. With her came the carpetbag of characters collected from her years in New York. She became familiar to Married…With Children fans as hapless TV reporter Miranda Vera Cruz de la Jolla Cardenal. Teresa Parente has guest starred on dozens of television series, including Friends, Café Americain, 3rd Rock from the Sun, American Dreams, Strong Medicine and Malcolm & Eddie, played dozens of wildly varied characters as a regular on The Steven Banks Show, was featured in the feature film S1m0ne, and was narrowly missed by a hail of gunfire on the CBS dramatic series, Numb3rs. Other recurring Guest Star roles include American Dreams and numerous flashback scenes as Anthony LaPaglia's mother on Without A Trace. Her voice is currently heard on several film scores. Among her animation voices is "Maria Cowess", opera-singing cow" on CATDOG. She also sings operatically as SpongeBob on a recent episode of the animated series.
Finally returning fully to the music she loves, Teresa is relishing the experience of singing with her two talented partners in SOS, The Sisters of Swing. In addition to performing with some of L.A.'s top Big Bands, SOS, originally conceived as an Andrews Sisters-style girl group, now branches out to sing classic styles which reflect their individual backgrounds, (Blues, R&B, Broadway, Jazz, A Cappella...), including music from some of the great Girl Groups. SOS is Teresa Parente, Ember Vaughan and Stephanie Krystad, "3 great singers with a golden blend". Magical harmonies, lots of wiggling, and of course, seamed stockings!
Teresa also currently sings many other types of music: liturgical, choral, jazz at clubs throughout the area, solo concerts featuring the Great American Songbook, continues to sing as a featured Choir Soloist, and is returning to studio session singing. She teaches private Voice, Sightsinging and Music Theory lessons, is the weekly Soloist at a church in Arcadia, CA, and is on staff as Music and Vocal Consultant with the Towne Singers community choir.
Despite being a city chick from the Bronx, Teresa loves to dig in the dirt, drink good wine, and be in the woods, preferably at the same time.