Courtney O'Connor (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and a senior affiliated performing arts faculty member at Emerson College teaching acting, directing, and aesthetics. She has directed productions for the Bostonian Society, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (intern company), AIM Stage, and Coyote Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Nora Theate Company, Shakespeare Now!, UBU Theater, Brandeis University, Emerson Stage, Suffolk University, and UMass Boston. She previously served as the Director of Education and Outreach for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Artistic Director of Coyote Theatre, and the Program Director of the Emerson Summer Stage for High School Students. Courtney received the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Direction for her work as the Associate Director on the Lyric Stage's production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Through her work with the Coyote Theatre Project, she has overseen the creation of more than 200 new 10-minute plays written by at-risk youth from Boston. In 2016, Courtney directed the world premiere of Blood on the Snow, a site-specific play at the Old State House in Boston examining the events the day after the Boston Massacre. After a sold-out initial run, the play returned this summer with a sold-out three month residency. Courtney also serves as the general manager of Abella Publishing Services. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Cabrini College and a master's degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College.
With Emerson Stage, Courtney has directed Pride and Prejudice, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dancing at Lughnasa, Big Love, Robin Hood, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Long Christmas Dinner & Pullman Car Hiawatha, Picnic, The Women, and Holiday.