Amy Woodruff | Performing Artist













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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 from McNeese University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Performance 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.

Woodruff has performed in a vast array of onstage roles and experimental films; recent live appearances include Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre's Le Code Noir [Congo Square, 2023], More Lovely & More Temperate [Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 2019 / Southern Rep Theatre, 2018 / Valiant Theatre, 2017], 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.

Woodruff has trained with Dah Teatar of Serbia, Odin Teatret of Denmark, Shakespeare & Company of Massachusetts, and Vortex Repertory Theatre of Austin TX. 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.

Woodruff holds an ancillary teaching certificate from the State of Louisiana for Talented Theatre, and she has been Director of Theatre/Drama Faculty for East Jefferson High School in Metairie, Louisiana since 2014.


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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