Artist Statement

When I think of myself as an artist, I consider myself to be somewhat atypical. Most of my friends in the city are extremely talented artist pursuing a more “traditional” path towards Broadway and Professional theater careers with painstaking auditions, headshots, type casting, cruise ships, dance line ups, and call backs. My friends blow me away…I couldn’t do any of that.

I consider myself an interdisciplinary performance artist, but perhaps if would be more accurate to say I’m an artist that likes to bring a little bit of everything to the table.

Art and theater, in my opinion, should challenge audience and performance norms and standards. Theater can teach, create dialogue, and give voice to those unheard or things unspoken of. In my very short career I have had the opportunity to use theater as a means to educate young adults on topics such as drug use/abuse, sex, relationships and communication skills, assault and violence, body image, self esteem and nutrition. I have also used theater skills in the context of ELA, Health, and ESL classrooms. I have worked with young children and adults and seen incredible changes in vocabulary, confidence, public speaking skills, articulation, team work, creativity and ones’ ability to laugh and play while working with others and thinking on their feet.

My focus now is in creating original works that incorporate dance, movement, acting, visual art and personal experiences to build pieces geared towards a specific issue or group. Ideally, I’m pursuing pieces about or for young adults and females. The content of my work focuses around topics including health, social, political and identity issues and the exploration of personal history and narrative.

The combination of movement, music, acting and visual art allows internal experiences and frustrations to be expressed and discussed in the external world, while leaving ample room for open dialogue and varying opinions.

I have the utmost faith in theater’s potential to teach and move audience members…as artists we cannot shy away from this potential and power

Contact: LRWoodbury@gmail.com

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