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 to not only entertain but raise funds as well! Soon, other schools began to request the Performance Club at their schools. And eventually other organizations like the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, Surf City Community Center, the Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts and even small business companies requested the Performance Club! 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.
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 Thalian Hall! 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 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. 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! RESUME
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*Emilia Torello was our first official junior director for our summer stock of children's theater. 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!
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