Cortney McEniry is a community-based artist and applied theater practitioner currently serving as the Director of Community Engagement at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Cortney McEniry currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Instructor for the Student Artists in Residence program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previously, Cortney worked as a community-based theatre-maker and teaching artist throughout the country, working with the Performing Justice Project, Drama for Schools, Conspire Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, and Synchronicity Theatre Company’s Playmaking for Girls program. At the University of Texas at Austin, Cortney trained peer educators in performance and dialogue facilitation for Voices Against Violence, a nationally-recognized violence prevention program. In Greenville, SC, she co-founded Front Porch Arts Collective, a two-year initiative that hired over 50 local artists and commissioned over 20 new works centered on the stories of the South. In 2016, Cortney was a co-recipient of the Ann Shaw Fellowship to fund her research in community-based youth theatre within regional theatre contexts. Her writing on community-engaged practices can be seen in publications such as Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Howlround Blog, TYA Today, Theatre Topics and Youth Theatre Journal, and she has presented workshops and research at conferences including the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the NYU Forum on Educational Theatre. She is currently developing Ladylike, an intimate solo performance examining white womanhood in the South. Cortney received her B.A. from Furman University in South Carolina and her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin. You can learn more about Front Porch at frontporchartscollective.com, or on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @frontporcharts.