Court Dorsey

lives and works in Western Massachusetts. He is an associate artist with Pilgrim Theater Collaborative, a resident company of the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), including Project Unspeakable, Playwright, Mephistopheles in Faust 2002, (BCA, Malta Theater Festival in Poznan, Poland) and Guys Dreamin’ co-created with Jean-Claude van Itallie and Kermit Dunkelberg, La Mama E.T.C. New York (“Top Ten Shows of the 1997-8 Season”, New York Theater Wire), The House Not Touched by Death, and two productions of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. He is Playwright/Director of Project Unspeakable, a current project under the auspices of Pilgrim Theater. Tycho Brahe in the Talking Band’s original musical Star Messengers (Smith College, La Mama E.T.C. NYC). He has been a long time collaborator with Wendy Woodson and Present Company, Inc., including their award-winning solo movement theater work Dudes in Suits (Amherst College, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Place in Washington DC, BACA Downtown in NYC, Emerson Majestic Theater in Boston).

He has written, acted, or directed in over 30 performance ensembles, including Serious Play Theater Ensemble (Milosevic at the Hague, Joakim Interfest, Serbia), Grandpa in You Can’t Take It With You (Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, NY), The Performance Project (Revolutions Festival, Albuquerque), Underground Railway Theater, Out of Hand, Blue Angel Arts, From Our Eyes (A Youth Reach program), Impact Theater (NYC), Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, Gangly Heart, and Director of The Sprague Years (Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, North Adams, MA). He is a frequent guest artist at Amherst College and has been Artistic Director at the Maezumi Institute for Zen Studies in Montague, MA. He is Brother Wilf in Elyria Pictures’ Bridge of Names and Des Plains in its Anniversary. In 2010, he co-created, directed and performed in Ambush on T Street with collaborators John Sheldon and Al Miller. Court is also a mediator, facilitator, circle keeper, and conflict resolution trainer who has developed Conflict Resolution Theater, a process he uses in many settings, especially with young people, including as a guest lecturer at the Kahn Institute and the School of Education, Smith College, as well as with Hampshire Education Collaborative’s Unlocking the Light program in juvenile detention facilities. He has trained street mediators in Greenfield, Holyoke and Chicopee, MA., which included Conflict Resolution Theater components.

From 2009-11 he was the facilitator of Wisdom Way Solar Village, a project of Rural Development Inc., where he oversaw the transition to a consensus-seeking condominium association. He taught mediation at the World Learning Center’s School for International Training Graduate Institute and in its CONTACT program. He is a founding member of Bright Morning Star, a folk cabaret ensemble (Rounder) that toured for sixteen years, including tours with Pete Seeger and Odetta. The group continues to perform for select engagements.