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Courtney O'Connor Named New Associate Artistic Director at Lyric Stage Company

Courtney O'Connor has already begun work in her new position.

Courtney O'Connor most recently directed a production of Our Town in the Berkshires before starting her new role at the Lyric Stage.
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The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has announced that they have named Courtney O'Connor the company's new associate artistic director. She assumed her full-time duties at the Lyric Stage on July 9.

"The Lyric Stage has been an artistic home to me as a director here in Boston — a place that has challenged and supported me like no other," said O'Connor in a statement. "And as I have grown during that time, the Lyric Stage has also grown and expanded greatly. With their new programs and partnerships, the continuing deep commitment to supporting local artists, and the dedicated and vibrant staff, the Lyric Stage is an invigorating and thriving company. I am thrilled to be joining in this new role, and look forward to discovering what we can create as we grow together."

After receiving 75 applications for this position, producing artistic director Spiro Veloudos said, "The choice was anything but easy, but Courtney's background in theater production, administration, and education made her an exciting choice."

O'Connor is a senior affiliated performing arts faculty member at Emerson College. She has directed with several theaters in the Boston area, including Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Nora Theatre, AIM Stage, Coyote Theatre, Emerson Stage, UMass Boston, Suffolk University, Brandeis University, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. She has worked on and directed many plays on the Lyric Stage, including The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, for which she received the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Direction.