I found it very enjoyable…time passed so fast…I never looked at my watch.

— David Guidry, Technical Director, Bayou Playhouse

Carolyn Woosley

“Louisiana Women” playwright and Lake Charles native Carolyn Woosley began her writing career on moving from Louisiana to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, while pursuing her day jobs as a single parent and Certified Financial Planner® specializing in socially responsible investing. Woosley’s love of history (her B.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University is in history) and her commitment to social justice and environmental preservation (her M.A. from U.C.L.A. is in Urban Planning) led to extensive work on coastal erosion and downtown development at local and state levels. Woosley was instrumental in returning KRVS, the NPR and public radio station emanating out of Lafayette, to Southwest Louisiana, was City of Lake Charles commissioned Chair of the Downtown Development Association and Team Green SWLA. She led the pre-and post-Rita efforts to restore and rebuild Camp Wi-Ta-Wentin, Camp Fire USA SWLA Chapter’s 75-acre rustic campus. She is archiving Rita restauration efforts of civic staff of SWLA in a series of recorded interviews.

Combining her interests in history, Louisiana, and social and environmental justice with her writing, Woosley’s “Louisiana Women” contains a dozen one-act one-woman plays about remarkable real women from Louisiana’s past, viewing their public and private lives in context, as the women explore their work and important relationships through the lens of their social, religious and civic challenges.

Woosley is also the author of “Walking On Air,” “Man of A Thousand Songs,” and “The Night They Shut Her Down,” a trilogy of plays about New Orleans post-Civil War. Other work includes “Maiden Lane,” about post-September 11th grief and recovery, “Miller’s Café,” set in a now-lost Lake Charles landmark where a surprising group of storm-refuge seekers comes to ride out a big hurricane, and “A Necessary Death,” about the infamous Irish – Sicilian mob hysteria at turn of the 20th Century New Orleans. Woosley’s feature film script, “Fanny,” about Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, older sister of composer and pianist Felix, has been optioned.

Woosley is the mother of Los Angeles-based designer Brooke Woosley, a fourth-generation graduate of Tulane’s H.S. Newcomb College.

Woosley is currently at work on a screenplay revision of her stage play “Walking On Ait,” and is Assistant Director of “Our Hurricane Kaleidoscope,” an original work by Charles McNeely, based, in part, on Woosley’s Hurricane interviews, and previewing in Fall 2010 at McNeese State University.