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Dial "M" for Murder; Photo: Daniel Cavazos (2013)

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Courtney Manning

Courtney Manning

Courtney Manning is a M.F.A. candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities (DTYC) at The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.A. in Theatre and B.S.E. in Educational Studies. During her undergraduate studies she facilitated theatre education and instruction at middle schools and high school's in Forth Worth, TX. Her most recent theatre education experiences included serving as theatre instructor for Richmond Middle School's A.S.P.I.R.E. After-school Program. Additionally, she served as the assistant director of Trimble Tech's spring production of Almost Maine by John Cariani. Furthermore, she participated in undergraduate research through the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program at Texas Christian University. Her research was focused on Dance/Movement Therapy Practices to Improve Mental Health of Youth in Low-Income Environments. Through this research experience, she closely studied how therapists used Dance/Movement Therapy to improve mental health for youth. She also studied how dance and movement can provide therapeutic benefits for youth in an organizational setting. She is the founder, director and choreographer for Conima's Dance Culture - an applied theatre-dance organization in Houston, TX. With this organization, she hopes to reach underprivileged youth by instilling faith, purpose and inspiration in a creative environment. Through the DTYC program, Manning intends to gain more knowledge and experience in theatre pedagogical practices for youth. She also plans to continue to research how drama and dance is therapeutic for youth. Lastly, she hopes to learn more specific and strategic tactics for developing and managing her arts organization.



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