Courtney Alisha Harge
Producing Artistic Director
Courtney Harge has been involved with arts organizations in various capacities for the last fifteen years: she was a company stage manager for her performing arts high school; a dance instructor; and founder/president of a performing arts organization. For the past five years, she has also worked in an administrative capacity for several NYC cultural institutions: Gibney Dance; the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center; the Public Theater; Theater for the New City; the New York Foundation for the Arts, and, currently, Fractured Atlas. She is also a proud member of the Membership Committee of Women of Color in the Arts, a 2016 alum of APAP's Emerging Leaders Institute and artEquity's Facilitator Training.
She received her Masters with Distinction in Arts & Cultural Management at the Pratt Institute in 2012. Courtney is also a 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Theatre Performance. While there, she co-founded an arts organization (SoYouSay) that created opportunities on campus for African- and African-American performers: that organization continued for nine years.
She spent three years as a professional make-up artist in New York City: her work has been featured on a national wedding blog as well as in Cosmopolitan’s beauty blog. Working in both the non-profit arts and retail cosmetics industries has provided her with the skills to see and appreciate beauty in all of its forms.
Courtney is a lover of speech, knowledge, and know-how. She admires honesty – and tends to be the most honest when she has the most to lose. She strives for a full and complicated life; to make connections between people; to remember that anything can be funny; and to make sure those whom she cares about know she feels. She is a native of Saginaw, MI, whose entire existence is owed to those who love(d) her, and to these words, “I found God in myself and I loved her. I loved her fiercely.”