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Director of Staff Development
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health


Healing Theatre

Network of Biblical Storytellers

Nta Member
The National Council for Geocosmic Research Inc


National Center for Genome Resources


Boston University

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Olivia Woodford HAND Director

Olivia Woodford Director
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Olivia joined the HAND team in March 2008. She brings 25 years of experience in the arts and in developing models for using the arts as a tool for health and well-being.
As a theatre artist, she directed and performed in Regional Theater and Off Broadway. She served as Development Director for Revels in Boston, MA and was Director of Staff Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.
The founder of Healing Theatre, Olivia created twenty-five original productions in Asheville, NC and Lenox, MA. Utilizing the medium of theatre and storytelling, Olivia facilitated people in identifying themselves within world stories and articulating their personal story as a means of generating mindfulness, authentic self-expression, and awareness of the inter-relatedness of all life. She has taught theatre, creativity and mythology in public and private schools and to people of all ages.
Olivia developed four one-woman plays portraying women of the Bible that she continues to tour across the country to churches of all denominations.
At HAND, Olivia is dedicated to providing arts activities that bring beauty, celebrate community and touch the spirit.

Healing Theatre Tours

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Olivia Woodford Olivia Woodford is a theatre artist, storyteller, creativity facilitator and founder of Healing Theatre. She has a BFA in Theater from Boston University and has performed and directed Off-Broadway and in regional theater. During her seven years at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, Olivia created ceremonies, directed ritual performances and led retreats on creativity and spiritual development. She has performed throughout the United States four one-woman plays she created that portray women of the Bible. As Director of Healing Theatre, she facilitates participants in making art of their life and catalyzes audiences to reflect on and embrace the stories that have shaped their life. She has taught theater and mythology to adults and children of all ages. Since 1990, her workshops, rituals, and original theatrical productions have assisted individuals and groups in encountering the beauty of the human spirit and in bringing the sacred into daily life.

As the co-leader of a magical order working with the mysteries of Britain, I find my approach to myth integrates well with Olivia's and Healing Theatre.
I did take the 'tour of Woodford'.

A one-woman Passion Play with Olivia ...

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A one-woman Passion Play with Olivia Woodford, professional actress and founder of Healing Theater.

You'll be transported back in time to the foot of the cross and the heart of the Passion as Olivia portrays the women who witnessed the events surrounding Jesus' death and resurrection.

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Olivia will be reading from scripts that are in draft form as a way to engage everyone in a process of bringing these women to life within ourselves and for the group. Giving a day to explore the Marys within a retreat atmosphere will have us experience the compassion of the Marys and ultimately will deepen our own faith and relationship with Jesus.

Please bring a pad of paper or journal and something to write with.
Presenter: Olivia Woodford is a storyteller, theater artist, and founder of Healing Theatre. Through contemplation and study of the Bible, she has created four one-woman plays featuring women of the Bible that she presents to churches of all denominations throughout the country. She leads retreats for churches, schools and women's groups on gospel women giving focus to the cultural and historical perspective of Israel at the time of Jesus. Olivia has a BFA in theatre from Boston University, has performed in regional and off-Broadway and is a member of Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int'l. Olivia currently lives in Durham, NC and is an artist dedicated to bringing the sacred into people's lives. For more information on her ministry, visit biblewomen.com or visit her Facebook page: Women of the Bible Speak.

Celebrate Advent this year by attending ...

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Celebrate Advent this year by attending a powerful and uplifting one-woman performance by Olivia Woodford, and be transported back in time and inside the heart of the Advent story, through the eyes of the women who surrounded Mary during the events leading up to the birth of Jesus.

Olivia Woodford received a BFA in Theater from Boston University and is a professional actress and director. She has taught theatre in public and private schools, to special needs groups, and people of all ages. In addition to presenting her plays featuring bible women that she created, she facilitates retreats on the women of the gospels for church groups and retreat centers. Founder of Healing Theatre, she is dedicated to bringing the sacred into people's lives.

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