Becky Parker Geist wanted to be an author since she learned what that meant, and her passion for stories has kept growing over the years. Though her first book at age six was not really worthy of publication, she was nonetheless very proud of this accomplishment, and her parents were wonderfully encouraging (not like Hannah’s).
After receiving her B.A. with a double major in Theatre and English, Becky went on to get her M.F.A. in Acting at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In 1981 she began narrating Talking Books for the Blind through the Library of Congress, narrating over 70 titles before moving with her husband and infant to California.
Becky co-founded two theatre companies in the San Francisco Bay Area: EDEN2 Theater Ensemble and Chaucer Theatre, which included an international tour as a performer. She has worked Off Broadway in NY (including Ars Nova Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, and Signature Theatre) and the Bay Area (including A.C.T., the Mountain Play Association, and Marin Ballet) in a range of production roles.
Becky works with playwright Larry Klein as dramaturg and director. In 2022 her company produced a hybrid theatre-film production of Colla Voce in collaboration with Riverview Studios (her brother Jim’s company in New Jersey). In the film she performs the leading role. To view the film, visit bit.ly/collavoce. She always performs under the name Becky Parker.
Becky is the founder and CEO of Pro Audio Voices Inc., serving an international clientele with audiobook production—including full cast productions, Becky’s favorite!—as well as marketing and podcasting services. Her intention is to inspire the world through the stories they bring to life. She believes that very time a great story comes alive, doors open—in the heart, in the mind, in the spirit. With each great story brought to life and each door that opens, positive change becomes possible, and the world changes—one story at a time.
Becky serves as President of BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) and presents frequently on the subject of audiobook production and marketing. She is also working closely with the team creating the Audiobook World Awards Academy.
The mother of three wonderful daughters who are also her best friends and colleagues, Becky lives in Portland, OR. In addition to writing, she also enjoys biking, hiking, dancing, playing the Native American flute, playing and inventing games—basically, all things creative.