Courtney is a sarcastic, powerhouse, who swears like a sailor and doesn't want you to know about her sensitive side. Tough, a bit brash and slightly intimidating on the outside with a soft, vulnerable center; Sexy, burnt marshmallow is the perfect way to sum up who Courtney is and the characters she most truthfully portrays.
A graduate of St. Clair College's Musical Theatre Performance program, Courtney began training with Matthew Harrison of The Actor's Foundry and fell in love with film and television, deciding to completely change the focus of her career path.
She now studies with Sophie Anne Rooney at her RAW Acting Studio and is incredibly excited to be working with an all RAW cast! Since working with Sophie, Courtney has reached new heights in her work and credits Sophie for helping her find her true artist. Credits include, "Suits", "Murdoch Mysteries", "Reign", 'Jazz Hands' and 'Life With John'. She is currently filming a supporting lead role in 'Becoming Burlesque'.
She was recently featured in an exclusive interview with Cinemaisseur.com. You can read the full interview with them HERE.
1. What drew you to this story?
The relationships between the characters, is what originally drew me to the show. They’re all equally complex people and the audience meets them at an incredibly vulnerable time. You’re getting an inside look at how this particular family unit works. Everything they do to each other comes from a place of love, whether it hurts the others or not. The show is brilliantly written, and I can't wait to tell the story.
2. Tell us a little bit about your character.
Becca is the central character of the show. Most of the chaos revolves around her emotions as she travels through the loss of her son.
3. How are you similar/ different to your character?
We are both very passionate and stubborn people. We want things our way, we speak our minds (holding nothing back) and we wear our hearts on our sleeves. We are different in the fact that I don’t have a child. We have both experienced significant loss though, therefore my challenge with Becca is substituting my loss for hers in order to honour her journey throughout the show.
4. What has been the biggest challenge so far tackling the subject matter involved in the play?
Consistently traveling into a dark mindset in order to play Becca truthfully is incredibly challenging emotionally. But knowing that I can put the weight of Becca’s sadness away at the end of a rehearsal or show, and knowing that I have the most supportive group of people around me (my cast and Sophie) keeps me safe. It’s my job to expose my heart with this character. If I don’t, then I’m not honouring those parents who are living this reality every day.
5. Why do you feel this is an important story to tell?
I believe this is a story that everyone can relate to in some way or another. Everyone has experienced a loss. Being exposed to the experiences of others, encourages us to have empathy and a deeper understanding for one another.
Child loss is not something that people typically want to talk about, but it is an important subject that deserves a voice. With this play, we have the perfect opportunity to speak out on this subject. Bereaved Families of Ontario is a non-profit organization that also deserves more attention. We are thrilled to use this story to help raise awareness for an organization that has supported 1000’s of people who have experienced loss in some way.
6. Do you have a favourite rehearsal memory yet?
Most definitely when Tyler, Rhea and I got to speak with women from BFO, and to hear their stories. I could have talked with these 7 women all day long. They welcomed us with open arms. Answered questions, shared their experiences, and gave us their blessing. I will never forget this experience for the rest of my life and I will do everything in my power to honour them with our portrayl of this story.
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