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

Healthy Lifestyle Choices & Health Foods with Great-Grandma

This fun, engaging and interactive performance transforms students perspectives about healthy foods. Through this theatrical performance students also learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices and are taught financial literacy, about food deserts, how to navigate grocery and corner stores, agri-business, vegetable preparation and healthy food purchasing habits. Anita Woodley appears as her 100-year old Great-Grandma to educate students, while interacting in real time with the audience, through non-traditional theater about fruits, vegetables, healthy nutritional foods and lifestyle choices.

Special Requirements: Near an electrical outlet for blenders, Two, 4-6 ft. table, wireless lavaliere microphone and system for large audiences, if available.

Maximum Participants: 300

Duration: 30 – 45 minutes

Single Performance Fee- $750.00
*produce & fruit, additional $100.00

Two Performances Fee- $1,125.00
*produce & fruit, additional $200.00

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

Flipping the Script on Your Self-Esteem: Writing a Powerful Future/Stories Come To Life!

Stories Come to Life Residency is a successful, lively literary arts residency where students write and share personal narratives of transformation and triumph. This refreshing and comfortable approach uses improvisation, humor, and culturally appropriate characterizations to engage the young writers, putting them at ease to share aloud. Students will participate by brainstorming drafts, getting feedback from peers, and utilizing the multiple steps to writing a final product to publish. The outcomes of this literacy residency are unique stories with a different mood and flare, unveiling each student’s inner storyteller.

Maximum Participants: 35

Residency Fee$187.50 per class/hr.

*includes one-on-one theatrical/improvisation student needs based instruction, culturally relevant subject matter;  material/printing are additional costs (to publish student writings into books). Fees and material/printing costs per class vary based on number of students participating, residency days, and project scope. Contact the CAPS office at 919-560-2718 to discuss options.