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Director: LJ Woodard (910) 338-3378 or

Performance Classes at Various Locations in Wilmington!


  • Thalian Hall Studio Theater for summer stock productions

  • Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation (910) 256-7925  CHILDREN'S THEATER IN THE PARK/summer camps

  • Town of Surf City (910) 328-4887 THEATER IN THE PARK
  • St. Mark's Catholic School After School programs and Spring Musical Productions

  • Studio Collective 5629 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

LJ Woodard, Creative Director of the Performance Club

LJ Woodard

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Performance Club roster of Teachers include:

  • Cathy Street - teaching artist/summer stock director
  • Samantha Ray Mifsud - Voice Teacher & summer stock Choreographer
  • Michael Lauricella - Musical Director summer stock
  • Judy Greenhut - choreographer of "13", "HSM2" and "jungle book"
  • Austrin Garcia (Hip Hop Guest Teacher) 
  • Denice Hopper - musical director PC Studio/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/teaching artist
  • Gail Kelly - musical theater/shakespeare/teaching artist/children's theater director & PC Assistant
  • Carson Capps - dance
  • Mike Thompson - scene study
  • Tom Briggs - audition technique workshops
  • Chandler Davis, hunter wyatt - teaching artist
  • Sheri Yelton - young professionals
  • William Yelton - young professionals
  • Jonathan Barber - musical director "Annie" & "13"
  • Lynn O'Connell - music voice teaching artist
  • and Samantha HerRick* - teaching artist, assistant director and Performance Club coordinator


LJ Woodard is the Creator and Artistic Director of the Performance Club!  She is a professional Actor (SAG) who has taken all her experience in television and film from New York 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"! All within a fun, safe environment - free of judgment - with clear rules that promote positive encouragement! Raised in southern California, her mother was a Talent Agent where she developed an extensive resume in commercials, television in film 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! Available for private coaching, consultation and to videotape audition submissions.

Junior assistants include:

  • Samantha Woodard, Karli Krasnipol, Chris Coakley
  • alex eakins, aidan malone, fletcher williams
  • mathis turner, kellen hanson, mary catherine ferris
  • sara lucas, david flores, caroline bolin
  • AVERY HOERDEMANN, Karen Frances Walter
  • Annie Marsh, JJ Niemann, Arianna torello
  • Emilia Torello**, joe basquill HUNTER WYATT
  • 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 TR
  • Campell idol, TRE RICANEK, NEVEAH WOOLINS, Lily smith

*We are proud to announce that Sam Herrick is the new Creative Manager at the Community Art Center! 
**Emilia Torello was our first official junior director of a summer stock production "Legally Blonde" in 2016; "BYE BYE BIRDIE" in 2017 and  "You're a good man, Charlie brown" before heading to UNiversity of Miami for musical theater!