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Amy Woodruff (b1973) is an experimental performing artist / visual designer, and a tenth-generation Louisianian. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from McNeese University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. She grew up along the prairies and rice fields of the Mermentau River Basin, and was the first member of her family to receive a college degree. Trained in traditional theatre, her practice has transformed in the new century to consist of time-based work in performance art, experimental theatre, visual arts, handmade costume, & digital media design [documentary shorts, video and still image projection, performative photography].
Woodruff has performed in a vast array of onstage roles and experimental films; recent live appearances include NO Space's sold-out stagings of Not Haunted [abandoned CBD hotel, 2014] and Woyzeck [Old Ironworks on Piety, 2014], the title role in The Insanity of Mary Girard [Shadowbox Theatre, 2013], & her original solo performance Moon Cove. Her works have been seen at the Montréal Fringe Festival in Canada, in Maine, in Vermont, Louisiana's McNeese Theatre, in online exhibitions, and at about a dozen New Orleans spaces, including five Dramarama festivals at the Contemporary Arts Center. In the early 2000s she was in a series of national radio commercials for Voodoo Rain Beverages and was a lead in an educational video for Syndistar, Inc. She is currently a Teaching Artist and Director of Theatre for East Jefferson High School in Metairie, Louisiana.
Woodruff has trained with Dah Teatar of Serbia, Odin Teatret of Denmark, Shakespeare & Company of Massachusetts, and Vortex Repertory Theatre of Austin TX. Professional memberships include the Contemporary Performance Network, Fractured Atlas, Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society, Theatre Communications Group, and the Educational Theatre Association. Her projects have been funded in the past by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation of New Orleans and the Louisiana State Division of the Arts. She founded the artists' laboratory Theatre Louisiane, Inc., in New Orleans in 1999, and New Orleans magazine honored her as one of their "People to Watch" for 2006-07.
current artistic work ::
Moon Cove is her original solo performance, a ghostly multimedia folktale about her Acadiana ancestors. Most recently onstage in 2016, the show debuted in 2008 and has been presented at six New Orleans spaces, and once in Vermont. In November 2012 as part of Moon Cove, Woodruff performed a 20-hour overnight marathon installation event in a rural Cajun cemetery, in which Woodruff (née Thibodeaux) examined, explored, and digitally documented the fading "La Toussaint" (All Saints/All Souls) mourning traditions of South Louisiana.
Woodruff is actively seeking touring opportunities for future presentations of Moon Cove (as well as other acting roles, and openings as a visiting instructor of performance). Please visit Moon Cove's project page for exciting details about upcoming stagings of the show.
New Orleans Times-Picayune :: Woodruff "created an eerie mood"
with the "ghostly, atmospheric" Moon Cove ... her "hushed, haunting tale
... alters your mood for the rest of the evening" [08-2008]
Lafayette Independent :: "There are ambitious artists and there is Amy Woodruff"
... she's "awesome" [11-2012]
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