LJ Woodard created the Performance Club back in 2005 as an after school program at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School where kids could meet up to sing, dance, act, play improv games and rehearse for shows to present to the school! The Performance Club entertained PTA meetings, Fall Festivals, Spring Flings and in doing so, helped raise funds for the school! Soon, other schools began to request the Performance Club (Ogden Elementary, Forest Hills, Coastal Prep, Topsail North Elementary, St. Marks, Cape Fear Academy). And eventually other organizations contracted the Performance Club to bring the performance fun ...like the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, Surf City Community Center, 21st Century Learning, JDRF, Communities in Schools, the Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts and the Carousel Center. Even companies like BRAX Fundraising requested the talents of LJ Woodard to boost up their sales' teams presentations and cold calls as their on- site Spirit Coach!
Performance Club is geared to empower kids thru performance! Whether it's finding their voice or exploring different characters, Performance Club gives kids the freedom to perform in a safe environment, free of judgment with a ton of room to "play"!!!
Performance Club Kids have gone on to do television, film and local community theater with Thalian Association, Panache Theatrical Productions, Opera House Theater Company , City Stage, Flat Rock Playhouse....and even Broadway!
As the Creative Director of the Performance Club, LJ Woodard teaches over 400 students/year in after school programs, summers camps and semi professional productions at her favorite venue, Thalian Hall's Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre! She is a professional Actor (SAG) who has taken all her experience in television and film from New York, London to Los Angeles and created Wilmington's only studio theater for young actors! LJ teaches all aspects of performance from improvisation, theater, voice, comedy, scene study and movement. Her motto is, "we learn by playing and play by acting" with clear rules that promote positivity!
Raised in Southern California, her mother (Beatrice Lily) was a Talent Agent where she developed an extensive resume in commercials, television and film - all before the age of 12! She has an empathy for young performers and loves to see them succeed. She also works as an "On Set" Youth Acting Coach for local television and film projects. She knows how to get kids to deliver in front of the camera with her fun and playful style while also supporting the production in making sure that there’s a clear vision between what writers and producers are hoping to achieve.
Whether you love the stage, need to build up self confidence or want to pursue acting professionally...the Performance Club has a class for you!
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*Emilia Torello was our first official junior director for summer stock. Her credits include: "Legally Blonde" in 2016; "BYE BYE BIRDIE" in 2017 and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" in 2018. She is currently at the University of Miami studying musical theater! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you could be our next junior director!
*JJ Niemann has been a Performance Club Assistant at various camps and after school programs over the years while he pursued his musical theater degree at Elon University'17. He went straight to Broadway as a Swing in the "Book of Mormon" covering all seven Mormon ensemble tracks! And is currently a TikTok sensation;)
*Carson Holmes is a professional young actor, known for his role as Three Langmore on OZARK, INSTANT FAMILY, DARKEST MINDS, UNCLE FRANK and BEST OF ENEMIES.
*Elle Graham is a professional young actress known for her roles in SECRETS OF SULPHUR SPRINGS, SWAMP THING, STRANGER THINGS and THE WALKING DEAD.
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