Courtney Boches graduated with honors from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Television-Radio and minors in Scriptwriting and Business. She has worked for All My Children, Malcolm in the Middle, and in NBC's Entertainment Publicity department and has experience in an agency, writers' office, production, costume design, and production management. After graduation, she served as a Page in the Guest Relations department at CBS Television City in Hollywood, where she wrote the name tags for The Price is Right while wearing an amazing red blazer.
Upon returning to Pennsylvania from California, Courtney began working at a local music and dance school in the theatre department. While there, she taught musical theatre classes to children ages 3 - 14 and directed children's productions such as Into The Woods Jr., Seussical Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr., and 101 Dalmatians Kids among others.
While directing, producing, and filling in some adult roles in these productions, Courtney discovered her love of costuming. She is a self-taught seamstress, learning along the way as she made costumes for herself and the kids. Along with designing the overall look of shows, she learned how to do alterations, pull appropriate pieces, take measurements, create or alter patterns, and build full costumes, including hair and make-up designs.
Courtney attended Villanova University and graduated with an M.A. in Theatre in May 2014. She was awarded a full tuition assistantship to work in Villanova Theatre's costume shop. She appeared on stage at Villanova Theatre as "Trix the Aviatrix" in The Drowsy Chaperone. The show was directed by Villanova University President and Barrymore Award winner Rev. Peter Donohue and played to sold-out houses for three weeks in fall 2012. In spring 2013 she was the Assistant Stage Manager for Villanova Theatre's production of Oscar Wilde's Salome.
In fall 2013, she was the Stage Manager for Red Herring and costume designed the creative re-imagining of the morality play Everyman as her thesis project. She attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region 2) with her designs for Everyman in January 2014.
Upon graduation, she began her professional design career in Philadelphia with Twelfth Night with Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. In fall 2014, she began internship with prestigious William Ivey Long Studios in New York City working on the new Susan Stroman musical Little Dancer.
Courtney works with Firebird Theatre as a teacher, director, costume designer, and occasional actor (Mary Hatch Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life). She teaches in the summer workshop program where she leads a team of college-aged production staff in production of two fully staged musicals starring students age 7 - 18.
In summer 2017, Courtney had the honor of working with a brand new musical, Dorian Gray, in the New York Musical Festival. With the production as an actor since its initial reading, she was thrilled to reprise her role of Mrs. Vane (and two smaller roles!) in NYC at the Acorn Theatre and to also serve as costume designer.
She is currently the costume shop manager at Wolf Performing Arts Center and works professionally as a freelance director and costume designer. She has taught the Early Stages program (ages 3-6) at StageCoach Theatre Arts and studied musical theatre at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. In November 2011, she presented a paper at the Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association conference about fan narrative. In summer 2016, her full-length play Sure As A Star had a staged reading as part of the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. She performs locally when her schedule permits. Some favorite recent roles include Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun), Karen Wright (The Children's Hour), Nell Nash (The Gazebo), and Mazeppa (Gypsy).