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A California native, Courter first started performing with Milpitas Rainbow Theatre, a children’s theatre group in his home town. While rehearsing there, Courter was “discovered” by an associate musical director for American Musical Theatre San Jose (AMTSJ), and hired for his first professional production, Evita, as one of the child singers. He has since appeared in numerous AMTSJ productions, most recently as Mike in A Chorus Line.


Just after his professional theatrical debut, Courter was hired to host a local children’s television show, Kid’s Clubhouse, on San Jose’s KTEH Channel 54. After graduating from high school, Courter began formal acting and dance training at Santa Clara University. While in pursuit of his degree, Courter also appeared in various musicals, plays, and dance concerts, including the West Coast Premiere of Jeanine Tessori’s Violet at Theatreworks in Palo Alto.


After earning his BA in Theatre and Dance, Courter moved to New York and was quickly cast (and earned his Equity Card) in Theatreworks/USA’s national tour of Reading Rainbow. After the tour, Courter was cast as shipwrecked twin Sebastian in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, entitled Illyria, for which he earned rave reviews in the New York Times.  He remains a member of Prospect Theater Company, which produced Illyria, and he has performed for Prospect in various other concerts, and fully staged productions, including Drama Desk Nominee The Pursuit of Persephone, in which he played the title role.


Courter continued to gain regional  and New York stage experience, and then had the honor of working with Susan Stroman and meeting Mel Brooks on the film The Producers.  Months later, Courter made his Off-Broadway debut in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.  Soon after, he joined the cast of the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as LeFou, Gaston’s silly singing sidekick, and was then cast in the World Premiere of Disney’s High School Musical, directed by Broadway veteran Jeff Calhoun.  Before that show could go on tour, though, he was cast as Joey on the First National Tour of Jersey Boys, which opened in San Francisco. 


After touring with Jersey Boys for over two years, understudying the role of Frankie Valli, Courter was chosen for the great honor of representing the tour as Frankie on the 63rd Annual Tony Awards, which aired live nationwide on CBS.  Performing at Radio City for a crowd full of Broadway stars and with friends and family watching at home was a dream come true, and the experience of a lifetime. 


In 2011, after almost 5 years on the road with Jersey Boys, Courter was given the opportunity to join the Broadway company of the show as record producer Bob Crewe. Making his Broadway debut with the show that had taken him all over America was another dream realized. Courter is back home in the city he loves, and can’t wait to begin his next adventure!

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