Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company founded in 1965, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals with the ability to take artistic risk as only a not-for-profit can while discovering talented playwrights and providing them long-term artistic support to contribute to the future of the theatrical canon. Roundabout presents this work on its five stages and across the country through national tours. Roundabout has been recognized with 36 Tonys®

Obie and 18 Lucille Lortel Awards. More information on Roundabout’s mission, history and programs can be found by visiting

2018-2019 SEASON , 51 Drama Desks, 5 Olivier Awards, 62 Outer Critics Circle, 12


Ted Sod: Tell us about yourself. Where were you born and educated? How and when did you become the Finance department’s Staff Accountant? Alexander Parra: I was born and raised in Gardnerville, NV. Growing up, I was always interested in the arts and tried to get as involved as possible with music and theatre. After high school, I moved to San Diego and began studying accounting at the University of San Diego. Little by little, I became less involved in the arts during undergrad, until I visited New York City in my senior year. While visiting NYC, I saw three Broadway shows (Rent, Wicked, and Avenue Q), and my passion for theatre was instantly renewed; I knew I wanted to contribute to the theatre industry. When I got back to San Diego, I started interning for Broadway/San Diego and moved to NYC as soon as I finished grad school. I began interning at a general management and producing office followed by working in management and booking for Broadway and off-Broadway tours. I started doing accounting for Broadway productions and theatres seven years ago, and about four years ago, I was fortunate enough to start working at Roundabout Theatre Company.

TS: Describe your job at RTC. What are your responsibilities? AP: As the Staff Accountant, I help record, report, and ensure the accuracy of cash flow at RTC. Some of the key roles and responsibilities I help with include: maintaining the general ledger, accounts

receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, and maintaining financial controls.

TS: What is the best part of your job? What is the hardest part? AP: I’ve always been a numbers person, so being able to do what I love while working in an industry I love is amazing. As the Staff Accountant, I enjoy not knowing what questions might come my way, and I get to spend a lot of time figuring out the best answers to those questions. I also really like being able to interact with each department and people/vendors outside of the company. The hardest part of my job is juggling all the questions and diverse needs that come our way. Because we get to work with so many people inside and outside the company, it’s important to try to get everyone what they need in a timely manner while ensuring the information they are receiving is accurate.

TS: Why do you choose to work at Roundabout? AP: I love the culture and feel of working in theatre, and being part of the Finance department at Roundabout, I know I am part of a supportive team with a common goal. I also love being a part of a company that is able to reach out to the community. Growing up in a small town, I wish I had the opportunity to get the education and hands-on experience that RTC is able to offer.•

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