Charlayne Woodard

Ms. Woodard is a two-time Obie Award winner and a Tony Award nominee.

Ms. Woodard has written and performed four acclaimed solo plays: Pretty Fire (LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards); Neat, (Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination); In Real Life (Audelco, Backstage West Garland and NAACP awards, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations); and, The Night Watcher (LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards), all directed by Daniel Sullivan. She has also written the play,  Flight, an adaptation of African and African-American folktales.  Her ten minute play, Phenom, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival. Her new play, The Garden, is commissioned by The La Jolla Playhouse. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and her solo plays are available on

Ms. Woodard trained at Goodman School of Drama and is a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio. She serves on the Dramatist Guild Council; The Council of Actors’ Equity Assoc.; the Board of Directors at The La Jolla Playhouse; and, is a fellow of the Sundance Film and Theatre Labs, Ojai Playwrights Conference and the Marble House Project. Guest Artist at USC and Cal Arts.

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