Courtney Walsh

I am a professional actress based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently, I played both title characters in a new adaptation of Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen at Stanford Repertory Theater. Spring 2018 I appeared both in Rob Melrose’s production of Timon of Athens at Cutting Ball Theater, and in the title role of Mother Lear with We Players, which I co-wrote and co-directed, and will be touring nationally. I was nominated as Outstanding Actress of 2017 by both Theatre Bay Area and the Bay Area Theatre Critics for the title role in Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater. Other appearances include: the West Coast premiere of Native Son at Marin Theatre Company; the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse; Happy Days (Oh, les Beaux Jours) in the U.S. and France (in both English and French); The Wanderings of Odysseus at the Cacoyannis Theater in Athens, Greece; a multi-continent tour as the title character in Clytemnestra: Tangled Justice; a six-month run in Romeo and Juliet with We Players; Jerusalem at San Francisco Playhouse; and Dear Harvey at New Conservatory Theatre. I am also an Associate Artist with 3Girls Theatre, having appeared in The Couch, Disruption, and Miracle Lake. Over twelve seasons and twenty-nine productions with Stanford Repertory Theater, I have co-directed and acted in Moby Dick – Rehearsed (for which I won Theatre Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Production, Directing and Acting), appeared in Hay Fever (nominated for Best Production by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle), Oedipus (hailed by the San Francisco Examiner critic as “the finest piece of classical drama I have ever seen”) and many others. I studied acting at Yale University, where I worked with directors Tina Landau, Rick Lombardo, David Esbjornson, and Christopher Ashley, among others. After Yale, I continued my work on stage and screen in Los Angeles. During a hiatus from acting I earned a law degree, representing children in abuse cases from the trial level to the California Supreme Court. Since returning to the stage in 2006, I have played nationally (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, Jackson, Salt Lake City, and others) and internationally (Paris, Athens, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cardiff, Corfu, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, and others). My latest film, The Track, was a film festival selection in Boston, Miami, Sun Valley, Sonoma and Las Vegas. I periodically teach a CSP Drama course at Stanford University and workshops on acting in the U.S. and Europe. I am fluent in French, proficient in Spanish, and adept at many dialects. I am also a mother of four and a competitive equestrienne.

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