According to a press release, Woodruff graduated from TCHS in 1970. She is the daughter of the late Ann and John Woodruff, who operated the Marci Ann Dress Shop in Cadiz and who was owner of Woodruff Construction Company, respectively. Woodruff will discuss “the importance of theater in our lives and will relate many of the adventures she had growing up in Trigg County that led to a successful career in professional theatre.”
The lecture is free to the public and will be held at the Little Theater “because we know there will be too many people to fit in the Museum,” said Portia Ezell, the museum’s scheduling chair
Ezell said Woodruff has directed more than 100 productions in the United States, Europe and Japan. She was the founder and producing director of Bowling Green’s Public Theatre of Kentucky. It is a professional equity theatre company that does a full season every year with casts made up of Western Kentucky University students and other active actors in the community. It is now in its 21st season.
Ezell said that Woodruff was the first American woman director to stage a production in the former Soviet Union. The production was “The Firebird,” and was staged at the Leningrad Theatre of Time in 1986. Later that year, she produced and directed “Step on a Crack,” which Ezell said was the first American theatre for young audiences production in Japan. Woodruff has studied with such theatre giants as Peter Brook, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Julian Beck and Judith Malina and Lee Strasberg, as well as working at the Moscow Art Theatre. She has been on the theatre faculties at the University of Pittsburgh, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, The American University of Paris, Salzburg University of Austria and The Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria.
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