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2008-present: Woodruff's current project is Moon Cove, a ghostly tale from Louisiana's Cajun prairie. The show is fictional solo theatre about Woodruff's real ancestors, using projeciton of digital imagery and handmade objects/garments. It is an epic story of the heartbreak, tragedy, and resilience of an Acadiana family. Currently in performances: visit the Moon Cove page for details about past shows and updates on future stagings.

Previously Performed at :: The Shadowbox Theatre, St Claude Ave, New Orleans (2013 & 2012) | Istre Cemetery at Mermentau Cove, Louisiana as a 20-hour traditional vigil, performance installation, & fundraiser for La Toussaint (All Saints/All Souls Day 2012) | Byrdie's Cafe & Gallery, St Claude Ave, New Orleans as "ex voto," a ritual-style installation version (2012) | Goddard College of Vermont (2009) | Voodoo Mystere Lounge, North Rampart Street, New Orleans (2008) | Debut: Dramarama 15 :: Contemporary Arts Center, Camp Street, New Orleans (2008)

Also :: Woodruff's photograph "Little Homestead," a still image from Moon Cove's media projection, was included in a Summer 2013 gallery show at the Arts Council of New Orleans. That international photo show, titled Cemeteryscape, is an annual benefit for Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.

1990s-present: Woodruff maintains an online channel at Vimeo of digital video shorts, documentation experiments, performance footage, and other projects she has created over the years:

2014: She recently appeared in the classic play Woyzeck at the Old Ironworks on Piety Street in the Bywater, which was staged by NO Space theatre group as their inaugural production, and was sold-out for all three showings.

2010-2012: Her guerilla-style, rather scandalous "reality" performances as the resurrected incarnation of infamous Weimar-era dancer Anita Berber, collectively titled Todtänz, appeared online and in person, at New Orleans' Marigny-Bywater locations such as the AllWays Lounge and The Hatchery.

2010: Woodruff appeared as an avant-garde addition to several events by local burlesque troupes Haus of Vigilante and Rev. Spooky LeStrange's Billion Dollar Baby Dolls, incorporating poetry, movement, and her signature handmade costumes into short collage-style performance art pieces that examined sexuality, death, and those places where the two intersect. The performances occurred in the French Quarter at Rubyfruit Jungle and the Dragon's Den.

2008-2011: Woodruff holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College of Vermont. During her study, she created a variety of performances, installations, digital video shorts, collaborative works, and handmade garments and sculpture. The most prominent of these were The Our Lady of Sorrows Project (2009), fleetinghosts (2009-2010), and My Log Will Have Something to Say About This (2010).

2007-present: She has worked with Four Humours Theatre of New Orleans on several occasions, and remains an associate artist. Her appearances with them include Feeding the Moonfish (2011), Verbatim Verboten (2010), Brewed (2008), and Uncle Vanya (2008).

2004: Woodruff received a grant from the Louisiana State Division of the Arts to travel to the UN World Theatre Conference (UNESCO-ITI) in Tampico, Mexico.

early 2000s: Woodruff was featured in a series of national radio commercials for Voodoo Rain Beverages, and was a lead in an educational video for Syndistar, Inc.

1999-2006: Woodruff founded the New Orleans-based indie performance group Theatre Louisiane, Inc. in 1999. Under her artistic directorship, TL staged a diverse range of works consistently until 2006, at which point the core artists were scattered in the aftermath of the hurricanes of 2005. Since then, the organization has remained semi-dormant, with Woodruff occasionally using Theatre Louisiane, Inc. for business purposes as an operating moniker. Under the auspices of TL, Woodruff performed, directed, designed, and was primary administrator (grant-writing, personnel management, financial oversight, marketing, website design). Woodruff and the other artists of TL were named "People to Watch" by New Orleans Magazine for 2006-07. Woodruff's work with TL includes The Insanity of Mary Girard (2013), dis+graced (2006; it toured to the Montreal Fringe Festival in Canada), The Music of Erich Zann (2001 & 2005), and more (many of which were critically-acclaimed, and one of which was grant-funded).

1991-1995: Woodruff began her work as a performing artist over 20 years ago during her completion of a BA in Theatre from McNeese University of Louisiana. Major roles included Wagner in a rock musical version of Faustus (1995), Cecile de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1994), and Nena in the Louisiana premiere of The Conduct of Life (1993). During this time she also completed an extensive training internship with VORTEX Rep Theatre of Austin, Texas.

 



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