Jim Parsons

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After graduating from high school, Parsons received a B. A. degree in Theater from the University of Houston. He was prolific during this time, appearing in 17 plays in 3 years. He was a founding member of Infernal Bridegroom Productions and regularly appeared at the Stages Repertory Theatre. Parsons enrolled in graduate school at the University of San Diego in 1999. He was one of seven students accepted into a special two-year course in classical theater, taught in partnership with the Old Globe Theater. Program director Rick Seer recalled having reservations about admitting Parsons, saying, "Jim is a very specific personality. He's thoroughly original, which is one reason he's been so successful. But we worried, 'Does that adapt itself to classical theater, does that adapt itself to the kind of training that we're doing?' But we decided that he was so talented that we would give him a try and see how it worked out. " Parsons enjoyed school and told an interviewer that he would have pursued a doctorate in acting if possible: "school was so safe!. . . . . you frequently would surprise yourself by what you were capable of, and you were not surprised by some things. " Parsons graduated with obtaining a M. F. A. degree in Acting from Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego in 2001 and moved to New York.