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Charlayne Woodard


Ms. Woodard is a two-time Obie Award winner and a Tony Award nominee.


Broadway credits include the original company of Ain't Misbehavin' (Tony and Drama Desk nominations).


Off-Broadway credits include the revival of the Substance of Fire, by Jon Robin Baitz; The Witch of Edmonton (Obie Award); Suzan-Lori Parks' In The Blood  (Obie Award); Fabulation... by Lynn Nottage; Stunning by David Adjmi; Sorrows and Rejoicings by Athol Fugard (Audelco award); and the Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by George C. Wolfe.


Regional credits include Zealot by Theresa Rebeck at South Coast Rep; A Midsummer Night's Dream at La Jolla Playhouse; "Katherine" in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Theatre Company; and, Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman, at Seattle Repertory Theatre


Ms. Woodard has written and performed four acclaimed solo plays: Pretty Fire (LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards); Neat  (Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination); In Real Life (Audelco, Backstage West Garland and NAACP awards, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations); and, The Night Watcher (LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards). Her multi-character play, Flight, is an adaptation of African and African-American folktales.  Her ten minute play, Phenom, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival.


Film credits include Charles Murray's Things Never Said; M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable; John Sayle's Sunshine State; Nicholas Hytner's The Crucible; and, John Schlesinger's Eye For An Eye.


Television credits include the starring role in the Showtime movie, Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers' Story; Oprah Winfrey's The Wedding; recurring roles on Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, ER, and Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles. Most recently, Ms. Woodard has appeared on Chasing Life, The Leftovers and The Blacklist; and as a series regular on the as yet untitled CBS Mars Project pilot.


Ms. Woodard trained at Goodman School of Drama and is a lifetime member of The Actor's Studio. She is a member of Dramatist Guild Council; the Board of Directors at The La Jolla Playhouse; and, is a fellow of the Sundance Film and Theatre Labs, Ojai Playwrights Conference and the Marble House Project. 
Charlayne Woodard