a Registered Dietitian, therapeutic consultant, actress, best-selling author, teacher, and business owner.
The intersection of theatre
About Libby Parker
Hey, I’m Libby, thanks for being here!
I’m a New Yorker, originally from Minnesota, with an 11-year interlude on the central coast of California.
I owned a group dietitian practice, Not Your Average Nutritionist, in CA for 10 years, and am the author of 3 books, including my highly-regarded first book, Permission To Eat: A practical guide to working yourself out of an eating disorder during college, while celebrating the awesomeness that is you! I am now a eating disorder therapeutic consultant – being the matchmaker for clients and the treatment centers that best fit their needs. My mission is to help people recover from eating disorders and get back to finding their passion in life. I especially love working with college students and theatre people.
My professional background: I am a “Certified Eating Disorders Specialist – Consultant” from the international association of eating disorder professionals, and have both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nutrition Science. I have been an eating disorder Registered Dietitian since 2012. I also have a minor in Leadership, but started as a musical theatre minor before switching schools.
I’ve worked in private practice, ED business development, corporate wellness (fun fact: my corporate wellness gig was at Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, and I’m probably the only dietitian with knowledge of nuclear energy), college nutrition professor, public health, personal and group fitness training, the wine industry, tea room manager, bed and breakfast attendant, and more.
You can view my CV on Linked-In for more detail on my career journey.
My performing background: I entered dance classes at the age of 3 thanks to my mom who loved to dance. I was brought up on the classic VHS musicals, and saw my first professional show (42nd Street) at the age of 5. I loved it so much I begged my mom to take me to see it again, and a theatre lover was born!
Throughout the years I took all kinds of dance classes, finding a real love in ballroom/social dance, especially swing (with lifts/aerials) in college. I lettered in Drama in High School, where I got my first real taste of being in musicals in a real theatre setting (and learned I am not cut out for tech work).
After becoming a RD, I got back into community theatre, beginning with A Chorus Line in 2014, and I never looked back. Since then I have performed in many local/regional shows, auditioned for Broadway shows, started working in film, and tried to keep up with dance and voice lessons as much as my career and life circumstances allow. It is when I am rehearsals or a show that I am fully present and alive.
I know you get it. 😉