Anita Woodley

Anita Woodley is an award-winning journalist, playwright and a professional teaching artist/motivator for K-12th grade students. Her philosophy is that all students can succeed. Anita is also a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist in Drama and Pre-K to 12th Grade teaching artist. She specializes in Literacy/Writing residencies using Improvisation where students publish their personal stories in a book. Mrs. Woodley creates critically-acclaimed solo theatrical performances based on topics clients requests. Ms. Woodley’s journalism career includes work for CNN News and NPR affiliate station WUNC-FM with accolades spanning 20 years, which include an Emmy award. Learn more about Anita’s innovative creative work at  REQUEST ANITA WOODLEY

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Flipping the Script on Your Self-Esteem – Writing An Empowered Future

Invite Anita Woodley to use her rare abilities to engage even the most hesitant students to get excited about learning through the use of theatre arts. While teaching she portrays multiple characters, such as her 100-year old great-grandma and other personas. Past workshops and residencies topics include: self-esteem, personal narrative books, bullying, poetry, anti-drugs, forgiveness letters, compassion, black history, anti-violence, body image, conflict resolution, and life skills. Mrs. Woodley has also provided customized multicultural storytelling, holiday themed/African face painting and graduation commencement keynote addresses.


Special Requirements: Open space to move around and also desks or clipboards for writing.

Maximum Participants: 35

Minimum/Maximum Days Needed: 1 – 3 days

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Residency Fee:  $ Varies. Please contact DAC at (919) 560-2718 to inquire.