Intern Spotlight: Courtney Seyl

courtney pic.jpg

We’re thrilled to have Courtney Seyl as an intern this summer. As a young director, dramaturg, and writer, we think this piece and process will be a great fit for Courtney’s keen eye for research, quirky point of view as a writer, and unabashed love for relationship-based scene work as a director. She brought a nuanced approach to the complex relationship dynamics in The Pillowman for her thesis and we look forward to seeing what she does with the characters in this year’s ARTBARN piece!

Three questions with Courtney:

What’s the best performance you’ve seen lately?
Lately I haven’t seen any performances outside of school, so I would have to say the best performance I saw lately was during Senior Theatre Festival. Everyone worked so hard and put in so much time, love, and passion into every role. Watching my friends acting and directing and designing was amazing and I can’t wait to see what we all do next.

What have you recently fallen in love with?
I have recently fallen in love with listening to the music I used to listen to in middle school. I recently found some playlists on my Google Play music thing and started listening to Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy and those types of bands again. Its been really nostalgic and cathartic remembering all the music I thought I wouldn’t like anymore but still do.

I have also fallen in love with trying new things. I have been trying to get more outside of my comfort zone lately because I have felt sort of stuck in the same place, so I have been trying new things. Whether it be trying new makeup looks, buying clothes I wouldn’t normally think to buy, or even just trying new foods or restaurants. It’s been a little nerve-wracking at points, but it has also helped me to get out of my room more often.

What do you hope to gain from working with ARTBARN?
I hope to work with a lot of great people and have fun creating something new and original. I’m excited to see what we are able to create together and to get to experience working on site-specific theatre for the first time. I want to gain more confidence in my ability to work with theatre-makers outside of the University and gain more experience working in non-traditional theatre settings.

Courtney is an aspiring writer, director, and dramaturg. Most recently, she directed The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh for her senior thesis. She was also the dramaturg for Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn; other work at Puget Sound includes directing short scene from This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan; assistant stage managing RENT  by Jonathan Larson and Shakespeare’s Macbeth; and stage managing Gnit by Will Eno. She has also participated a variety of student theatre projects including directing, producing, and writing for the Town Crier Speaks Festival and directing and producing all three years of Plays Against Humanity. She is a member of the Ubiquitous They sketch comedy group, and studied theatre abroad in London in the fall of 2015.