Cast and Crew
Carol Anne Gayle (Clyde), an accomplished actor, director, educator and advocate for the arts and filmmaking in the area, is a Cape Cod native who comes from a lineage that includes poets, actors, dancers, sandal makers and artists. Ms. Gayle is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She has performed and directed in regional theatres coast-to-coast. Her credits extend into the worlds of filmmaking and advertising, including Producer, Associate Producer, Writer, Director, Art Direction and Talent. As an educator Ms. Gayle has provided workshops, residencies, lectures and performances for The Calcasieu Parish School System, McNeese State University, The Louisiana Theatre Festival and the Calcasieu Summer Arts Camp.
In 1995 The Lake Charles Little Theatre (The LCLT) received a Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program grant for The LCLT and Ms. Gayle’s own production company to premier six of Carolyn Woosley’s Louisiana Women which Ms. Gayle performed in 1999. In 2001 also at The LCLT, she premiered Woosley’s “Clyde” [Clyde Connell]. Adley Cormier directed both productions. Ms. Gayle has toured several of Woosley’s 13 one-woman plays statewide. During the 2010 two-company Louisiana Women on Stage tour, the 2010 Fringe Festival New Orleans and Itinerant Theatre’s 2012 production, Louisiana Women: The Firsts, she directed and portrayed “Clyde”.
Currently, Ms. Gayle is The Exhibit & Program Specialist for Historic City Hall & Cultural Center and continues to dedicate her creative skills to her community, hoping to inspire in all an appreciation for the arts.
Leah Howard Robinson (Nellie) has been performing locally for the last six years. Her debut performance was with the Lake Charles Theatre as “Lena Younger” in A Raisin in the Sun in 2009. Leah also performs as a part of the drama team at Living Word Christian Center, where she writes and performs one-act skits and is working on a gospel album. As a performing arts major at McNeese State University, she has received theatre scholarships and performed with the McNeese Bayou Players in The Long Christmas Ride Home. She loves to sing and act and hopes to perform as” Billie Holiday” in a one-woman show, as well as travel the country with a major theatre company. She was last seen in Aida at ACTS Theatre Lake Charles and is currently in their upcoming production of Guys and Dolls.
Joy Pace (Director) Joy is the Artistic & Executive Director and co-founder of Itinerant Theatre, Inc., Southwest Louisiana’s professional theatre company. Joy earned her B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana, and her M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Though a native Texan, Ms. Pace has lived in various areas of the country. She teaches adjunct for Angelo State University. Joy was head of theatre at McNeese State University for seven years and has taught in schools in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky and Virginia. Joy has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer, set designer, costume designer, vocal coach, instructor, and stage manager. Some of those credits range throughout the country & in Sibiu Romania. She has worked in Educational Theatre for 18 years and enjoyed teaching every aspect of theatre while directing and finding avenues to continue acting. Her most recent directing credits include a staged reading of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, and Carolyn Woosley’s Man of a Thousand Songs, Full productions of Louisiana Women: Bound, RACE, And The Rain Came to Mayfield, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, All My Sons, Pygmalion, Othello, Waiting for Godot, Working: a musical, and The Long Christmas Ride Home. Her favorite recent acting credits include “Lorraine” in This Wide Night, “Martha” Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , “Maggie” and “Rosa” in Itinerant, Theatre Inc.’s production of The Writers, “Josie” in A Moon for the Misbegotten, “Sister Aloysius” in Doubt , and “Cornelia Scott” in Something Unspoken. Joy is greatly looking forward to a life filled with theatre, her great passion.
Carolyn Woosley (Playwright) a native and resident of Lake Charles and graduate of LCHS, Tulane and UCLA, is a CFP® retired. She serves as President of the Board of Itinerant Theatre, Inc. and was co-founder. Woosley has written six full-length plays, three screenplays and one libretto. She wrote the 13-play composite Louisiana Women over a 15-year stretch of time. She credits the late Norman Corwin, Idyllwild School of Music & the Arts, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and Joy Pace for varied dramatic instruction. She thanks Carol Anne Gayle for her key interest in producing and premiering early Louisiana Women – Marie Thereze, Celine, Kate, Caroline, Clementine, Rosa, and Clyde — as well as Adley Cormier, director, Sara Willen editor and The LCLT, producer. Woosley’s full length play Man of a Thousand Songs closed out Itinerant Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season. Woosley looks forward to years of exploring the modern classics, new works and cutting edge theatre with Itinerant Theatre and Executive Director, Joy Pace.