Questioning their suburban-urban upbringing (Suffolk County/NYC), Courtney Surmanek creates installations, performances, and community-based initiatives that consider how we perform our identities in our personal lives and how we are asked to perform in our civic discourse. Courtney is a Fellow of The Performance Project at University Settlement, Social Practice Artist-in-Residence with ProjectArt, and artist-participant in Theater of Change at Columbia Law School. Their work has been supported by Abrons Arts Center, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Mitchell Art Gallery at MacEwan University, and Theaterlab.