Before joining Charcoalblue in 2021, Courtney worked for ten years as a Stagehand and Production Manager throughout North America with a focus in the NYC area. Courtney’s empathic leadership, precise attention to detail, deep operational knowledge, production expertise, and antiracist values make them exceptionally positioned to motivate internal and external teams in the dynamic, collaborative process of delivering theatrical innovation. At BAM, Courtney was an integral part of the reopening of the Harvey Theater at the BAM Strong in the fall of 2019. As a Production Manager, Courtney has been involved with workforce development, collaborating with theaters to develop similar programs and promote partnership across the US to diversify backstage. On tour and beyond, Courtney has loaded in and out of over 100 theatres in North America.
Credits from time spent in New York are: ‘Here Lies Love’, ‘Detroit ’67’, ‘Wild with Happy’, ‘Fortress of Solitude’, The Public Theater. ‘Loves Labours Lost’, ‘King Lear’, ‘Into the Woods’, Shakespeare in the Park. ‘Futurity’, Ars Nova. ‘Schaubühne’s Richard III’, ‘Medea’, ‘EveryBooty’, ‘Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut’, Brooklyn Academy of Music.
National and International tours includes: ‘Sister Act’, ‘Ghost’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’
Regional theater includes: Ogunquit Playhouse, The Barnstormers, ArtsPower.
Have you got a stand-out theatre memory?
Standing onstage during a hold for weather at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park during Comedy of Errors. The sound was no longer working, and every single person in the theater was soaked through, but Hamish Linklater and Jesse Tyler Ferguson rallied the cast and crew to finish the show. We resumed the show, the audience stayed with us, Hamish’s booming voice was the guiding light, and in the pouring rain we brought Shakespeare in the Park truly to the people.
If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it? and what would that venue specialize in? Dance, live music, theatre…?
It would be outdoors, hopefully on some water, in a place that doesn’t have a single theater yet. Ideally, it’d seat the whole town. It would be used for all types of visual and performance art. A program that puts its own community on stage.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
Augusto Boal teaches that the stage is wherever a theatrical performance is taking place, and I truly believe in that concept. ‘Great space’ provides the blank canvas for deep flexible story telling.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
At sleepaway theater camp in the woods of Maine at the age of 11, and I’ve been working in the theater since.
If you could recommend visitors to New York experience one thing, what would it be?
Take the Q from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the bridge at any time of day. The view never gets old.