Laurie has developed and directed new works with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a small Kansas town devastated by a tornado. Laurie creates site-specific work that range from a working sawmill in Eureka, California, to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Laurie curated and produced a two-week festival in Los Angeles that explored issues of hunger that brought artists, activists, community and thought leaders together. In keeping with her lifelong commitment to community engagement, Laurie is partnering with Trinity Repertory Theater to deepen their artistic work with the Latino community in the larger Rhode Island area.
As a playwright, Laurie’s plays have been produced throughout California. Her solo play "Salvadorian Moon/African Sky" was commissioned by Cornerstone Theater Company and performed in their citywide Festival of Faith.
Currently, Laurie is the Associate Director of Public Works at The Public Theater that works with community partners in all five boroughs to create participatory theater that reflects and celebrates the diversity of New York. She is launching a new program called ACTivate (Artist, Citizen, Theater maker) that takes an ensemble of community members and puts them in the “artistic driver’s seat.” Partnering with a professional playwright, they have devised a new play entitled TROY that will have its world premiere at The Public Theater.
Ms. Woolery is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, Theatre Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory and former artist-in-residence at Hollygrove Children’s Home in Los Angeles. Laurie teaches at Princeton, NYU, Brown, USC, Cal Arts, Citrus College, California State University at Northridge, California State University at Los Angeles and serves on the Board of the Latino Producers Action Network. Laurie is a proud recipient of the Fuller Road Fellowship for Women Directors of Color.
Ms. Woolery is a graduate from University of California, Los Angeles.