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Her works echo 19th century serial fiction while throwing down a live-wire storyteller's challenge to the remote-controlled seductions of contemporary cable TV. Her latest serial saga AS THE GLOBE WARMS is an online audio serial and live theatre work. (Learn More)

A native of Northern California, she moved to NYC at the age of seventeen and became involved in the East Village performance art scene. There, she originated sixteen solo pieces and wrote the screenplay for the indie film HOLLOW VENUS. She founded the alternative performance space CAFÉ BUSTELO, was employed as a go-go dancer, barmaid and cater waiter and crossed the country several times by car, train, bus, and thumb. All of this served to inspire the trans-American "performance novel","WHAT EVER: An American Odyssey."

This started out as as an underground performance serial in the back of an East Village bar (THE FORT) and went on to tour internationally as a critically acclaimed epic (8 part) solo play - from Chicago's Steppenwolf to London's Royal Festival Hall. [MORE PRESS]

Hailed by the NY times as "a masterwork of the solo form," it is published as a novel by Faber/Farrar, Straus & Giroux and was broadcast on public radio with host Ira Glass.

In 2001, Heather was awarded a grant from Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays to develop her next project in residence at the Public Theater. The ensemble cast of TALE OF 2CITIES: AN AMERICAN JOYRIDE won a 2007 OBIE and the 6-part saga is published by SemioText(e).

In her current 12-part serial play, AS THE GLOBE WARMS Woodbury embodies a swath of characters - human and animal - and pieces together a complex spectrum of American society on the edge of planetary crisis. Globe previewed in the NOW Festival at L.A.'s REDCAT and was named a top ten play of 2012 by the Austin Chronicle for its premiere run. Other awards include the Spalding Gray Award for writing and performing, and NEA Fellowship for Playwriting. She is a recipient of the C.O.L.A. (City of L.A.) Performance Fellowship. Her work is anthologized in Extreme Exposure: Solo Performance of the 20th Century, The Paris Review, Life As We Show It and Animal Acts: Performing Species Now.

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