I view the world as my stage. I like anything and everything to do with theatre and film. I love the entire process, from pre-production, all the way through post. Acting and singing are my main focus, but I find great joy in editing film as well. "All the world's a stage...."
Name: Courtney Shaffer
Lives in: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Actor, Singer, Voice Actor and Puppeteer
Unique traits: Blood chilling scream; excellent with children; face painting; graphic design; hair styling; makeup; passport; sewing (machine and hand); various wigs; vocal impressions
Film (Short and Drama) Actress An exhausted suburban family road-trips to complete their terminally ill daughter's bucket list, but it is only through the child's borrowed time that they discover the life they have been given.
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Donovan & Simms
Television (Comedy) Actress Det. Mike Donovan is having a rough time. His wife, Chelsea, is leaving him and asking for a divorce. His partner, Jackson, doesn't understand him and his Captain is not sympathizing. Det. Simms is an orphan whose child innocence makes her the best detective around. Together Donovan and Simms will learn to work together and take down a ruthless druglord plaguing their city, all the while learning they aren't just partners, they are family. Written by David C. McGuire
Film (short) by Trevor Grayling Lead When Pam breaks up with Lucas out of the blue...
My Three Angels
Theater by On-Stage / Randy Änger Marie Louise A poor salesman, his wife, and daughter are visited by three convicts who save them on Christmas morning from a terrible fate from their dreaded Uncle. Convicts or angels? You decide. ***Nominated for a Shellie Award for Best Supporting Actress in a play
The Playboy of the Western World
Theater by Role Players Ensemble / Edward Nattenberg Susan Brady Set in Ireland in the early 1900's. Christy makes his way to a new town after brutally murdering his father. But for some reason, the townsfolk immediately take a liking to him anyway. When they find out that his father is actually alive and that he lied, they turn on him.
Industrial by Fridays Films Productions / Tom Reynolds Featured Extra
Chicago: The Musical
Theater by Stage1 / Kevin Hammond (Musical) Go-to-Hell Kitty / Featured Ensemble Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…
Wives with Knives
Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Actress Criminal Behavior Analyst, Casey Jordan, interviews women who have been accused and/or charged with stabbing their spouses or boyfriends. The viewer sees an interview with the accused women and a reenactment of the alleged history of the relationship. Written by Miranda Ledbetter
Television (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress Modern day noir story about Psychiatrist Eldon Chance, who's in a rut. He's middle-aged, his wife wants a divorce, which might put a strain on his relationship with his astute teenage daughter he deeply cares about, and he's getting tired of his professional work. Chance's natural talent for psychoanalysis allows him to easily assess everyone that wants his help but that doesn't mean he can actually cure them or even help them. Everything changes however, when he meets mysterious and attractive Jaclyn Blackstone, who turns out to have both dark secrets and big psychological as well as private problems. But her most immediate problem is her abusive ex-husband Raymond Blackstone, who also happens to be a corrupt cop with connections. Chance falls for Jaclyn and becomes obsessed with helping her but he quickly realizes that he's in over his head. Help eventually comes in the form of a hulking man called D. While clearly a bit unhinged, asocial and disturbed, D is also highly skilled, ...
Film (Adventure, Comedy and Western) Actress It's 1849 and everyone wants to make his way to San Francisco for that golden opportunity. Jorge, a poor Mexican peasant, and his son Fernando believe they have struck it rich when they find an enormous gold rock. Upon entering the nearest town to cash in, they quickly become entangled with a dangerous outlaw who has eyes on their fortune. After the rock and child go missing, Jorge teams up with a conniving Chinese immigrant to find his son and get back what is his, but not before running into a surplus of outrageous characters including an unsavory hunting party...or killing each other first in this wacky adventure!
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Television by Berkeley Playhouse / Kimberley Dooley Silly Girl / Belle u/s When her father is taken prisoner by a horrible beast, Belle offers to take his place. She finds herself in an enchanted castle. After time spent together, she realizes they have more in common than she first thought and there is more to him than meets the eye...
by Vince Lopez Supporting An 80's style slasher movie. It follows a young boy named Nick who's family was murdered on Christmas Day by a Santa serial killer.
Pull My Focus
Series by Pixel Valley Studios / Frank Dellario Reoccurring Guest Star A weekly series of How To instructional tutorials for the film industry!
The Amulet (Talisman of the Devil)
Film (short) by Student Film / Meaghan Margaret Thomas & Marck Menke (Thriller and Short) Girl Short student film for a class final project. A second version: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AK8wXFBNpLQ
The Last Smile
Film by Shankey Srinivasan Boxing-Ring Model http://www.facebook.com/TheLastSmileFilm http://m.imdb.com/title/tt5320002/
Barefoot in the Park
Theater by Pittsburg Community Theatre / Betty Gregg (Comedy) Corie Bratter Newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter** are crazy in love. But not head over heels with their new too-small-too-drafty-apartment. The couple must make the best out of one bad situation after another in this 1960's set comedy about acceptance. Corrie's mother and their crazy neighbor only add to the fun! **Nominated for a Shellie Award for Best Leading Actress in a play.
Penny Dreadful - scene study
Internet by Reid Martin Basso Lydia A note from the director/student: My first grad school Scene Study (interpretation) of how I would direct and edit and existing work. This scene just "spoke" to me and I immediately "saw" the piece visually. I am using new-comer Courtney Shaffer because she is an acting "natural" and learning the process. Also appearing, in special guest John Gishe, as the priest. John and I have performed together in several productions previously and I am so impressed with his versatility in and out of character now. This was a great and important learning experience for me. -Reid
Shellie Award Nominee: Best Supporting Actress in a play (My Three Angels)
Shellie Award Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a play (Barefoot in the Park)
Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)