Theater Past Faculty

Laurie Woolery

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Photo courtesy Laurie Woolery


Laurie Woolery has directed FOR ALL TIME by KJ Sanchez, JASON IN EUREKA by Peter Howard and A HOLTVILLE NIGHT’S DREAM by Alison Carey, 3/7/11: A LINCOLN HEIGHTS TALE written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez and the students of Loreto Elementary, Nightingale Middle School and Lincoln High School. Cornerstone Theater Company commissioned her solo play SALVADORIAN MOON/AFRICAN SKY for its citywide Festival of Faith. Several of her plays SCOUTING REALITY, BLISS, THE HUNDRED DRESSES and ORPHAN TRAIN: THE LOST CHILDREN have received world premieres at South Coast Repertory where she was the Director of the Theatre Conservatory.

As a director, playwright, educator and actor, Woolery has worked at South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Ricardo Montalban Theatre, Deaf-West Theatre, fofo Theatre, Highways Performance Space, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Inge Theater Festival, A Noise Within, Sundance Playwrights Lab as well as the Sundance Children’s Theatre. Woolery worked with Bill Rauch on the world premiere of Lisa Loomer’s LIVING OUT at the Mark Taper Forum and SCR’s LOVERS AND EXECUTIONERS. She directed AMOR ETERNO – SIX LESSONS IN LOVE (an anthology by six Latino playwrights) for the grand opening of the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. She also directed Bryan Davidson’s REFLECTING BACK at the Los Angeles Central Library as part of the National Tour of the American Originals exhibit and Richard Coca’s solo piece THE DAY I FLIPPED OFF JIMMY CARTER for SCR’s Hispanic Playwrights Project.

Woolery is a longtime artist with the Virginia Avenue Project and artist-in-residence for Hollygrove Children’s Home. She has been on faculty at California Institute of the Arts, Citrus College and Glendale College and serves on the boards of the Latino Producers Action Network and the Network of Ensemble Theatres. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Public Works for The Public Theater in New York City.

Campus Address

Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street