We Learn by Playing and Play by Acting!

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! Soon, other schools began to request the Performance Club and eventually other organizations like Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, Surf City Community Center, the Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts and even small business companies!  Performance Club is geared to empowers 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, she 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! Also available for private coaching, consultation and to  videotape audition submissions.  RESUME

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

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

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Performance Club Atracts the Best Teachers!

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

Performance Club Roster


  • Cathy Street - Teaching Artist/Summer Stock Director and Musical Director
  • Samantha Ray Mifsud - Voice Teacher & Summer Stock Choreographer
  • Michael Lauricella - Musical Director Summer Stock
  • Judy Greenhut - Summer Stock Choreographer 
  • Austrin Garcia (Hip Hop Guest Teacher)  
  • Denice Hopper - Musical Director Summer Stock , Teaching Artist in Music/Voice
  • 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, 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
  • 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

Junior Directors

*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 performanceclub@icloud.com if you think you could be our next junior director!

Want to join the Performance Club?

Teaching Artists, Stage Managers, Choreographers, Directors, Musical Directors, Set Designers, Costume Designers and Junior Assistantants! Please email: performanceclub@icloud.com

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BACKSTAGE lists PERFORMANCE CLUB

12 Great Children's Theater in the country!

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American Towns Media

10 Incredible Children's Theater sure to entertain!

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