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Courtney Walsh

Actor, Co-Writer, Co-Director, Producer of Mother Lear

Courtney Walsh earned a B.A. in Theater Studies at Yale University and began acting professionally in Los Angeles. During an acting hiatus, she earned a law degree to represent children in child abuse cases, returning to the stage in 2006. Since then, she has appeared on national and international stages, both in English and French (including Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Montpellier, Cardiff, Athens, Corfu, Sydney, and Auckland). Bay Area credits include American Conservatory Theater (The Wizard of Oz), San Francisco Playhouse (Clue, Jerusalem, Seared); The Marsh (Susan Sontag: The Smartest Woman in America); Marin Theater Company (Native Son); Cutting Ball Theater (Timon of Athens, Phèdre); We Players (Romeo and Juliet, Mother Lear); New Conservatory Theater Center (Dear Harvey), and many others. For Moby Dick – Rehearsed at Stanford Repertory Theater (where she was a core company member for twelve years) she won Theater Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Production, Directing and Acting Ensemble. Her solo show Clytemnestra: Tangled Justice has toured eight countries over three continents. Courtney has taught numerous workshops in the U.S. and abroad, a CSP Drama course at Stanford University for four years, and an adult course called The View from the Stage: Theater History through the Actor’s Lens. She is also a mother of four, a dancer and a lifelong equestrienne. In 2024 she will appear at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Mother Road.  Find her at

Ava Roy 

Actor, Co-Writer, Co-Director of Mother Lear

Ava Roy is the Founding Artistic Director of We Players, the Bay Area’s premiere site-integrated theatre company. Her unique style of dynamic, site-integrated performance aims to highlight the historical and natural treasures of the local landscape and encourage new ways of appreciating these places. Ava is an alumna of Stanford University where she earned her BA in a self-designed major: Ritual and Performance in Aesthetic Education, 2003. Since 2008, she has pioneered unique partnerships with the National Park Service, the California State Park system, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and other municipal and regional park sites, creating spectacular immersive performances throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Ava is an actor, director, and educator. Inspired and guided by Shakespeare since her teenage years, she has explored many characters from the canon, ranging from Juliet to Henry V, Mercutio to Lady Macbeth. In addition to playing Shakespeare, she creates original works as well as new works adapted from classical texts. As an educator, she co-teaches a course at California College of the Arts centered in embodied and sensory based modes of inquiry and expression and leads specialized yoga classes at the SF Opera Center, SF Conservatory of Music, as well as online in her digital shala. She draws inspiration and delight from the natural world, especially the big blue ocean and the miniature worlds of moss. 

Peter Ruocco

Co-Director, Director of Photography, Editor of Mother Lear

Peter Ruocco is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker based in the SF Bay Area. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he did his undergraduate work in Theatre at the University of Alaska and received an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Hawaii. His background as a theatre performer and director laid the foundation for his transition to working behind the camera. Over the past 10 years he has directed, shot and edited short and long form narratives, documentaries, TV shows and commercials. His work has been featured on KQED, NPR, PBS and film festivals throughout the USA. In 2021 he was Director of Photography and Editor for the film adaptation of Lauren Gunderson’s one person show The Catastrophist. He recently served Director of Photography for the PBS travel show 100 Days, Drinks, Dishes and Destinations and is currently a cinematographer for Check Please Bay Area.

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