Know a Griffin - Courtney
BA Theatre Arts/Musical Theatre minor
New Orleans, LA.
Playing on my iPod:
Benjy Davis Project
spot in NYC: There's a specific rock I like to sit on in
Central Park, and it is right across from a swing set. It is perfect.
A working actress. And secretly, but not so secretly, a detective… Like
MMC and Me
Why did you choose
to come to Marymount Manhattan?
I chose to come to Marymount Manhattan because New York City seems to
be the center of everything theatre and acting, and that is what I want
to pursue for a career. I felt like I would get the best training in
the best city for my field. I also have a lot of interests so I felt
like the liberal arts education would suit me best, as opposed to a
conservatory setting. I think studying in may different areas could
only improve my acting.
What activities do
you participate in at MMC?
I spend most of my time rehearsing for shows. In spring 2010, I had the
wonderful opportunity to work with director Richard Niles in the
mainstage in The House
of Blue Leaves as The Little Nun. Just recently,
I sang and danced my way through Sweet
Charity as Charity Hope
Valentine with an extremely talented cast and crew, with the amazing,
always positive Jeff Shade guiding the way. I also appeared in a
special January project, Shout!
The Mod Musical, directed by Christine
What has been your
favorite class taken at the college? Why?
My favorite class taken at the college would probably be Scene Into
Song with John Znidarsic. It's only a class of ten Musical Theatre
students. We pair up every few weeks with a partner and work on scenes
that move into songs from musicals, ranging from the classics to things
that have just been written. It's what I hope to be doing as
a career, and this class really gives us the opportunity to practice
now with roles that we could be cast as in the future.
Do you have a
favorite memory from your time here so far?
There are quite a few good memories! They are all with my
friends. However, one that sticks out happened Freshman year-
the very last Musical Theatre History class. We had already taken the
final, so we decided to have a class gathering on the terrace. The
terrace was new that spring, so we all gathered there and took a class
picture. It's only half of the 2012 class of Musical Theatre (there
were two sections) and some of the students were actually sophomores or
juniors. Some ended up leaving the years to follow, but it was our
first picture and it was the first feeling of unity for me.