People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with truth and beauty…before their peers & for the stage. Itinerant Theatre, Inc. (IT) wants to make that possible. IT’s mission is to provide an affordable, professional forum for the performing arts in order to generate broader audiences for theatre, professional opportunities for performing artists & productions for artistically underserved communities. IT will build on Board Members’ collective experience of presenting, producing, directing, acting & writing professionally for the theatre & other performing arts, all on a shoestring budget.
Board of Directors
Carolyn Woosley, Playwright-Producer, is Co-Founder and President of Itinerant Theatre, (IT). A Lake Charles native and retired Certified Financial Planner®, coastal and cultural activist. She graduated from LCHS, Tulane and UCLA. She credits the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, UCLA Writers’ Extension Program, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the late Norman Corwin, Sharon Mann, Leslie Berman, Sara Willen, and family for encouragement as director, writer and producer. She studied theatre and directing at McNeese State U. under Joy Pace .
The LCLT (1999 and 2001) premiered seven of Woosley’s 13-monologue cycle Louisiana Women in co-production with Carol Anne Gayle Productions — Adley Cormier, Director & Ms. Gayle, actor. An eighth, Nellie, directed by Brenda Bachrack, was co-produced by Leslie Berman and Imperial Calcasieu Museum as part of a citywide commemoration of Ms. Lutcher. In 2012 IT premiered Joy Pace in the role of Maggie and Ann Savoy as Cleoma. In 2014 IT premiered Eliza performed by Sierra Jones and Rachel performed by Jo Ann Hanks. The Readers’ Theatre workshopped full-length plays, Maiden Lane and Miller’s Café, Ms. Berman, Producer. In 2015 IT premiered Woosley’s full-length play, Man of a Thousand Songs, as a staged reading, Joy Pace Director.
Woosley directed Joy Pace in the Louisiana Women roles of Maggie and Rosa. She guest-directed Tuesdays with Morrie in 2013 for ACTS Theatre, and for Orange Community Players and IT in 2014. She directed the IT production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf May 2014 at Imperial Calcasieu Museum. In 2015 she directed Joy Pace and Jordan Ashworth in This Wide Night by Chloe Moss.
Woosley anticipates writing full-length historically-based plays or just scribbles on napkins in dank bars and musty libraries! Her daughter Brooke, a Los Angeles-based designer, is engaged to Daniel Sheerin. Their 2015 wedding is highly anticipated by Itinerant Theatre’s two producers!
Leslie Berman, Co-Founder & Secretary of Itinerant Theatre, is an attorney focusing her practice on arts and entertainment transactions and issues of elder-care. Berman has produced, directed, programmed, emceed and publicized concerts, coffeehouses, music festivals, touring multi-arts works, and theatre projects for more than 40 years. A former music critic for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and New York Newsday, Berman writes the biweekly music column, “Eclectic Company,” for Lake Charles’ The Jambalaya News. She is newly married to Frank Anschen.
Artistic Director & Executive Director
Joy Pace, Artistic Director & Executive Director of Itinerant Theatre, and Co-Founder, recently retired as three-year Chair of Region 6 for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Joy earned her B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana, and her M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. A native Texan, and having lived in various areas of the country, she is thrilled to find this opportunity so close to “home”. Though a native Texan, Ms. Pace has lived in various areas of the country. Joy taught as Associate Professor of Theatre at Kentucky Wesleyan College where she was head of theatre and advisor to the Wesleyan Players for five years. She has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, and McMurry University. In February 2015 Joy was awarded the covetted Kennedy Center Medallion for her six years of volunteer work for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 6, (KCACTF6). For three years (2013-2015) Joy had served as Chair of the 6-state regional Festival. In 2011-2012 she served as Vice-Chair. In 2010 Joy chaired the Student Directing Initiative and SDC.
Joy has worked professionally as an actor, director, vocal coach, instructor, and stage manager. Some of those credits include La Petit Little Theatre/Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans; The Blue Ridge Theatre Festival, Barksdale Theatre, Theatre Gym, and The Neighborhood School of The Arts in Richmond, VA; The Independent Theatre, Region 14 ESC, and Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Abilene, TX; and Theatre Workshop and Riverpark Center in Owensboro, KY. She has worked in Educational Theatre for 14 years and enjoyed teaching every aspect of theatre while directing and finding avenues to continue acting.
Joy’s most recent directing credits include Race by David Mamet, Louisiana Women: Bound, the staged reading of The Hairy Ape, 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” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, “Josie” in A Moon for the Misbegotten, “Sister Aloysius” in Doubt , and “Cornelia Scott” in Something Unspoken. In Educational Theatre she has directed over 30 productions and acted in many. Currently she is directing the 2015-16 IT dinner theatre event, Louisiana Women: Art & Music ~ Nellie and Clyde (written by Carolyn Woosley) October 3, 2015, in collaboration with St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 4020 Hodges St.
Joy is greatly looking forward to a life filled with theatre and social justice — her great passions — her family and her dogs.
Lisa Domingue , board member
A Southwest Louisiana native and McNeese University alumni became interested in Itinerant Theatre after seeing “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Lisa has worked Front of House for “This Wide Night” and “Race”. She also has worked projection and assisted the Stage Manager for “Race”. She really looks forward to a great season with Itinerant. Lisa’s love for theatre was awakened when her daughter began her education in theatre at McNeese. Lisa has worked in the accounting field for over twenty years.The last five years were spent in the classroom teaching. Her interests include anything outdoors, working crossword puzzles,spending time with family,watching great movies and of course, theatre.