Courtney O’Connor is the Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. She is also 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); The Revolutionists (Nora Theatre Company); Our Town (UBU Theater); Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare Now!); My Heart and My Flesh, The House of Yes, Sin, This is Our Youth (Coyote Theatre); Pride and Prejudice, 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).


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 in 2016, the play returned in 2017 for a three-month sold-out residency. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Courtney and Pat collaborated with the Old State House again to present Cato & Dolly, a short play chronicling unheard voices from John Hancock's household, as a part of the museum visitors' experience. In 2019, Courtney worked again with Pat and his production company, Plays in Place, on two series of short, site-specific plays in Mount Auburn Cemetery. The Nature Plays were presented in June and The America Plays were presented in September.  

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 BA in English from Cabrini College and her MFA in theatre education from Emerson College.

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