Acting Coach, Teacher, Director, Producer

LJ Woodard

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 fun the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, Surf City Community Center, 21st Century Learning, JDRF, Communities in Schools, the Boys Scouts and the Girls Scouts! 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 300 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 recently began working 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!

LJ Woodard, Director and Creative Owner of the Performance Club!
LJ Woodard, Director and Creative Owner of the Performance Club!

Performance Club Kids LJ Woodard

Lost in Translation Commercial with director LJ Woodard

Performance Club Atracts the Best Teachers!

School of Rock Jr, Summer Stock Youth Theatre, Children's Theater, Thalian Hall, Performance Club

Performance Club Roster of Talent

  • Judy Greenhut - Summer Stock Choreographer 
  • Cathy Street - Teaching Artist/Summer Stock Director and Musical Director
  • Samantha Ray Mifsud - Voice Teacher & Summer Stock Choreographer
  • Michael Lauricella - Musical Director Summer Stock
  • Austrin Garcia (Hip Hop Guest Teacher)  
  • Denice Hopper - Musical Director Summer Stock , Teaching Artist in Music/Voice and KinderMusik
  • Katie Sawhill - Summer Camp, Musical Theater
  • Matt Talley, Casiphia Blevins - Musical Theater/Voice
  • Ashley Gladden - Glee/Voice/Dance
  • Gail Kelly - Musical Theater/Shakespeare/PC Director & PC Assistant
  • Carson Capps - Dance
  • Mike Thompson - Scene Study
  • Tom Briggs - Audition Technique Workshops
  • Chandler Davis, Hunter Wyatt - Guest Teaching Artists
  • Jackie Pressley - Talent Agent, CAI, Kids in the Biz Workshop
  • Sheri Yelton - Young Professionals
  • William Yelton - Young Professionals
  • Jonathan Barber - Musical Director 
  • Lynn O'Connell - Music/Voice 
  • Samantha Herrick - Teaching Artist, Former Assistant Director and Performance Club Coordinator.

Junior Assistants, Stage Managers, Crew

  • Samantha Woodard, Karli Krasnipol, Chris Coakley  
  • Alex Eakins, Aidan Malone, Fletcher Williams  
  • Mathis Turner, Kellen Hanson, Mary Catherine Ferris  
  • Sara Lucas, Aurora Flores, Caroline Bolin  
  • Avery Hoerdemann, Karen Frances Walter  
  • Annie Marsh, JJ Niemann*, Arianna Torello  
  • Emilia Torello*, Joe Basquill
  • Bradley Barefoot, Hannah Laham, Abbey Bowman
  • Madeline Safrit, Matthew Gill, Camille Knab  
  • Wilker Ballantine, Emma Grace Wright  
  • Logan Siu, Chloe Campbell, Sam Agee  
  • Francesca Calabria, Remy Hoelen, Camille Knab
  • Madison Figueroa, Andrew Penny, Julianna Grissler
  • Quinn Gonzalez, Noah Sibbett, Hyrum Smith, Abby Talbot, Emily Skane  
  • Isabella Gorden, Jacy Coffman and Olivia Voogt 
  • Campell Idol, Tre Ricanek, Neveah Woolins, Lily Smith
  • Riley Lepley, Baylee Allen, PJ Eby, Dylan Marks

Junior Directors and Broadway

*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 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 is currently on Broadway as a Swing in the "Book of Mormon" covering all seven Mormon ensemble tracks!

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