Courtney Surmanek


Courtney Surmanek (they/them) is a queer, Ashkenazi Jewish cultural organizer, educator, joker and multidisciplinary artist (theatre-maker, visual artist, poet) committed to documentary art practices. Courtney believes in the power of theatre, art making and creative play as tools for making policy and planning efforts more accessible and equitable. Courtney is an M.F.A./M.S. Candidate in Theatre: Directing & Public Dialogue and Urban & Regional Planning at Virginia Tech, a Visiting Fellow at Skidmore College's Storytellers' Institute, and a Member of the 2019-2021 Observership Program with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation. A third-generation New Yorker, Courtney calls the occupied lands of the Matinecock and Lenape (Queens, NY) home. 

In 2019, Courtney was a SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Social Practice Artist-in-Residence with ProjectArt, Fellow at The Performance Project at University Settlement, EmergeNYC Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics and Teaching Artist with Ping Chong + Company. Courtney is a Broadway Advocacy Coalition Member and recent Co-Organizer of The Theater of Change Forum at Columbia Law School. They hangout with Streaks of Lavender, a queer collective of artists building ourstory.

Download my theatre resume here and my general resume here.

Photo Credit: Whitney Brown Photography