Charlayne Woodard


Charlayne Woodard is a two-time Obie Award winner and a Tony Award nominee. She has written and performed four critically acclaimed solo plays:  Pretty Fire was produced at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, where it received LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards for best play and best playwright; Manhattan Theatre Club (directed by Lynne Meadow); Seattle Rep (directed by Dan Sullivan); and the La Jolla Playhouse (directed by Michael Greif).   Neat was developed at Seattle Rep, and subsequently produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, where it received the Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination; Seattle Rep and the Mark Taper Forum (both directed by Dan Sullivan), where the play received a Backstage West Garland Award.   In Real Life, was a co-commission by Center Theatre Group and Seattle Rep, and developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab.  In Real Life (directed by Dan Sullivan) was produced at Seattle Rep; the Mark Taper Forum, where the play received a Backstage West Garland Award and NAACP Awards for best playwright and actor; and Manhattan Theatre Club, where Ms. Woodard received an Audelco Award and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for best solo performance.  The Night Watcher was developed at the Ojai Playwrights’ Conference and the La Jolla Playhouse’s Page To The Stage. Subsequent productionsdirected by Dan Sullivan, were produced at Seattle Rep; Primary Stages; and the Kirk Douglas Theatre at Center Theatre Group, where the play received LA Drama Critics and NAACP Awards for best solo performance, as well as nominations from both for best play.  Flight, Ms. Woodard’s multi-character adaptation of African and African-American folktales, was commissioned by PLAY at The Mark Taper Forum.  Subsequent productions include the Kirk Douglas Theatre and ACT in Seattle. Her ten minute play, Phenom, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival.  Ms. Woodard’s plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and performed at regional theatres around the country.


Council Member, Dramatists Guild of America 

Charlayne Woodard has received many awards for her solo shows, including the NAACP award.