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Biography

     Ms. Woodard’s first solo play, Pretty Fire, was produced at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, where it received LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards for best play and best playwright, Manhattan Theatre Club, Seattle Rep (directed by Dan Sullivan), and La Jolla Playhouse (directed by Michael Greif).
     Her second solo play, Neat, was developed at Seattle Rep, and subsequently produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, where it received the Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination; Seattle Rep and the Mark Taper Forum (both directed by Dan Sullivan), where the play received a Backstage West Garland Award.
     Her third solo play, In Real Life, was commissioned by Center Theatre Group and Seattle Rep, and developed at the Sundance Theatre LabIn Real Life (directed by Dan Sullivan) was produced at Seattle Rep; the Mark Taper Forum, where the play received a Backstage West Garland Award and NAACP Awards for best playwright and actor and Manhattan Theatre Club, where Ms. Woodard received an Audelco Award and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for best solo performance.
     Her fourth solo play, The Night Watcher, was developed at the Ojai Playwrights’ Conference and La Jolla Playhouse’s Page To The Stage. The Night Watcher, directed by Dan Sullivan, was produced at Seattle Rep; Primary Stages; and the Kirk Douglas Theatre, where the play received LA Drama Critics and NAACP Awards for best solo performance, as well as nominations from both for best play.
     Flight, Ms. Woodard’s multi-character adaptation of African and African-American folktales, was commissioned by Center Theatre Group and produced at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and ACT in Seattle.
     Her plays are all published by Dramatists Play Service and performed at regional theatres around the country.
     As an actress, Ms. Woodard’s recent theatre credits include The Witch of Edmonton at the Red Bull Theatre Company (Obie Award); world premieres of In The Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by David Esbjornson (Obie Award); Stunning by David Adjmi at LCT3; and Fabulation by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whorisky at Playwright’s Horizons. Other notable performances include Sorrows and Rejoicings written and directed by Athol Fugard at Second Stage ( Audelco Award); The Good Person Of Setzuan, adapted by Tony Kushner, directed by Lisa Peterson; and The Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by George C. Wolfe at the Public Theatre.
     On Broadway, Ms. Woodard was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her role in the original company of Ain’t Misbehavin’
    Regional credits include Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Chris Ashley at La Jolla Playhouse; The Taming of the Shrew (Kate), directed by Rebbecca Taishman at Shakespeare Theatre Company; and Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman, directed by David Esbjornson at Seattle Rep.
      Ms. Woodard’s ’s recent film credits include: Charles Murray’s Things Never Said; M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable; John Sayle’s Sunshine State; Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel; Arthur Miller's The Crucible, directed by Nicolas Hytner; John Schlesinger’s Eye For An Eye; and Around The Fire.
    Her many television credits include the starring role in the Showtime movie, Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers’ Story; Oprah Winfrey’s The Wedding ; recurring roles on Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, ER, and Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles.      
    Ms. Woodard serves on the Council of the Dramatist’s Guild Of America. She has served on two Boards of Directors: The Sundance Institute, as an artistic trustee; and Manhattan Theatre Club. She completed a TCG/PEW Charitable Trust National Theatre Artist Residency Program Fellowship at Center Theatre Group and has taught at California Institute Of the Arts.
    She trained at the Goodman School of Drama and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from DePaul University. She is a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio.


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