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Spring 2024

Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Courtney had a big start to 2024, offering to learn Lyra in just 10 days, to enhance the "Club Roma" pre-show scene in Julius Ceasar. Then, she served as Music Director and composer/arranger for Much Ado, along with performing 2 roles and playing fiddle and guitar in the show.

December 2023

Courtney closed A Midsummer Night's Dream at Cincy Shakes (playing Peter Quince),

and participated in a week-long workshop for a NEW musical written by Lindsey Augusta Mercer.

July 2023

Courtney is spending the summer auditioning, with the help of her agent Heyman Talent.

She is also in the research phase for her 1-woman show she will write and produce. 


May 2023

Courtney played Judy Sears in Trouble in Mind at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 


April 2023

Courtney starred as Rosalind in a world premiere musical adaptation of As You Like It at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Music and lyrics by the incredible Cary Davenport.

She learned some basic electric guitar for the role!

October - November 2021

Courtney starred as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

June - July 2021

Courtney directed Cincy Shakes' tour production of R&J for a second year. Same design, 6 actors (4 returning, 2 new). The production runs 90 mins and will tour through parks and schools in 2021-22.

January 2021

Courtney taught another semester of co-teaching Groundlings, a semester-long Shakespeare class for high school students, led by Jeremy Dubin.

August 2020

Courtney directed her first full production! The 2020/21 Intern Company's touring production of Romeo & Juliet. The production runs 90 mins and includes six actors playing two to three roles each. 

June - July 2020

Courtney is an instructor for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Zoom summer Shakespeare camps - for middle and high school students. 

March 2020

Our run of Pride & Prejudice (by Kate Hamill) and rehearsals for Hamlet were cut short by coronavirus! It'll be a time of uncertainty for artists, but we will persist!!  


May 2019

Courtney was one of three witches in Miranda McGee's Macbeth at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The production closed on May 4th.

March 2019

Courtney played Perdita in Christopher Luscombe's production of The Winter's Tale

August 2017

Courtney joined the Actors' Equity Association!

June 21, 2017

Jason Richards & Courtney (after having met and performed together in Annie Warbucks at Theatre at the Center) teamed up to perform in their first cabaret, titled Jack & Coke: A Cabaret, at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago.  They were accompanied on the piano by the fantastic Micky York! Videos under the MEDIA tab.

Sept. 9 - October 1, 2016

She completed a successful run of The Diary of Anne Frank at CSC.  Aside from selling out nearly every performance, the company raised $9,679.25 for the Save the Children organization, which helps children in crisis around the world.

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"Clad in flowing black fabric with long, spindly fingers and blank white masks, the witches jerked and twisted their eerie bodies in supernatural harmony with each other in a way that was completely enthralling. Movement coach Darnell Pierre Benjamin, who plays one of the witches, is due incredible credit for this effect — almost as much as fellow witches Courtney Lucien and Caitlin McWethy. "

     Jackie Mulay, CityBeat, 4.8.19

The Diary of Anne Frank

"Despite being more than a decade older than Anne, Courtney Lucien steps right into the skin of that irrepressible teenager without playing down to her... Lucien captures it so earnestly that we can’t help but adore her."

        David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer, 9.10.16

"Courtney Lucien plays a terrific Anne... She runs the gamut of Anne’s passionate character, her energy and optimism, her indignation and crippling fear."

       Dulcinea Riley, The News Record, 9.11.16

"Lucien never caricatures Anne’s impetuous ways — she seriously announces that she wants to be 'remarkable' — ...we see the real loss to the world of this insightful and promising voice, silenced by senseless oppression."

       Rick Pender, CityBeat, 9.14.16

"Courtney Lucien’s portrayal of...Anne Frank was delightful."

     Chris Payne, League of Cincinnati Theatres


"From the moment actor Courtney Lucien appears onstage as Emma, her bubbly and irrepressible presence fills the stage..." ​

      David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer, 2.27.16

"Lucien plays Emma’s dismay in a smart but disarming way, often startled at how her judgment has failed her, but both effervescent and sure of her ability to dive back in and carry on."

       Rick Pender, CityBeat, 2.29.16


"Lucien is just delightful as Emma. She captures the spirit of the character, especially in her direct addresses to the audience."

       Kirk Sheppard, "The Sappy Critic", 2.29.16


"The character Emma, delightfully played by Courtney Lucien, is complex, and one of the reasons Jane Austen is still read and relevant."

     Liz Eichler, League of Cincinnati Theatres, 2.2016

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