Performing Arts Faculty
Courtney O'Connor teaches courses on directing, playwriting for youth, and languages of the stage. O'Connor has previously served as program director of Emerson's Summer Stage for High School Students, education director for Boston's Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and artistic director of Coyote Theatre, which is based at the Boston Center for the Arts. Through her work with the Tremont Street Project/Coyote Theatre Project, O'Connor has overseen the creation of more than 150 new 10-minute plays by at-risk youths from Boston.
O'Connor's directing credits include Buyer & Cellar, Red Hot Patriot, Stones in his Pockets, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Associate Director, Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production) Red Herring, and The Miracle Worker at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Much Ado About Nothing and Two Gentlemen of Verona with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Intern Company; Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream for Shakespeare Now!, a professional theatre company that brings live performances of the playwright's work to schools throughout southeastern New England; My Heart and My Flesh, The House of Yes, Sin, and This is Our Youth at Coyote Theatre; Be A Good Little Widow at AIM Stage, Blue Window at Brandeis University; Radium Girls at Suffolk University, the New Voices New Stories playwright's festival of new works at UMass Boston, and 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 for Emerson Stage.
Office: Tufte 5th Fl.
Awards & Honors
2012 Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Academy Fight Song involves PA alumni, faculty
in world-premiere production at Boston Center for the Arts.
Kinky Boots actor comes home.
Following a stint on Broadway, Lauren Chapman '12 returns to Boston in the Tony award-winning show's national tour.
Assistant Professor Christina Marin recieves service learning innovation grant
to support collaboration between Emerson's Theatre Education graduate program and ¡ACCIÓN! Community Theater (ACT) in Hyde Square.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!