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Courtney Jamison (CJ) is an award winning multi-hyphenate artist born and raised in Virginia's capital city, Richmond.
As a young girl, she'd take over the family living room and perform her after dinner Lena Horne-Inspired-Cabaret: "Dinner's with Coco," where special guests included her older brother (Jai), Mom (Birdie), Dad (Calvin), and whoever else was visiting that night.
Courtney spent her formative years splitting time between playing in golf tournaments with The First Tee of Greater Richmond and participating in programs with the non-profit School of The Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC). During her years with SPARC, she served as a performer, stage-manager, assistant director, and intern. This well-rounded experience fostered a lifelong love of theater, film, community involvement, activism, and mentorship through the arts.
She is a graduate of James Madison University and the Yale School of Drama MFA Acting Program, where she took part in the development process of many new works as an actor, writer, and director. Courtney starred in and produced SLAVE CRY with her brother Jai Jamison, which won the 2019 Commonwealth Award for Best Short Film at the Virginia Film Festival and recently screened at the 2021 Pan African Film Festival. Her directorial debut, DAY 74, won the 2020 Curbside Shorts Film Challenge Grand Prize sponsored by Women in Film LA, IMDbPro, and ReFrame Project. Some acting credits include SLAVE PLAY, IF PRETTY HURTS..., SOME BODIES TRAVEL, PASSION, and, THE WINTER'S TALE (Yale Drama); THE SUFFRAGISTS (The Public Theatre/Sundance Institute Workshop); SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY (MCC Theater); ASSASSINS (Yale Repertory Theatre); DREAMGIRLS and THE COLOR PURPLE (Virginia Repertory Theatre). Courtney is currently a 2020 Broadway Advocacy Coalition Artivism Fellow working on her play, THE HONORABLE, which is about the first Black Women judges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Courtney's intention is to create art that is medicine for wounds. Her work is built on human connections that are meant to nurture, heal, and allow people to feel seen and heard. She now divides her time between New York, Los Angeles and Richmond. She is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
© 2019 Mass MoCA Photo by Kaelan Burkett.