Courtney O’Connor is a theatre director and teacher living in Boston, MA. She is a senior affiliated faculty member with Emerson College, where she teaches acting, directing, and aesthetics.
Directing credits include Stage Kiss, Buyer & Cellar, Red Hot Patriot, Rich Girl, Stones in His Pockets, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Associate Director, Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, IRNE Award for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble), Red Herring, The Miracle Worker (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, (Commonwealth Shakespeare Intern Company); Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare Now!); My Heart and My Flesh, The House of Yes, Sin, This is Our Youth (Coyote Theatre); Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dancing at Lughnasa, Big Love, Robin Hood, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Long Christmas Dinner & Pullman Car Hiawatha, Picnic, The Women, and Holiday (Emerson Stage). Last summer, Courtney directed the world premiere of Blood on the Snow, a site-specific play by Patrick Gabridge at the Old State House in Boston examining the events the day after the Boston Massacre. After a sold out initial run, the play will return this summer for a three month residency.
Through her work with the Tremont Street Project/Coyote Theatre Project, Courtney has overseen the creation of more than 200 new 10-minute plays by at-risk youths from Boston. She has previously served as the Program Director of Emerson’s Summer Stage for High School Students, Education Director for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the Artistic Director of Coyote Theatre.
She received her B.A. from Cabrini College and her M.A. from Emerson College.
Courtney is also the Managing Director of Abella Publishing Services.