Performing Arts Program Honoree BIO: ALFRE WOODARD

Performing Arts Program Honoree
Gala Co-Chairs
Wilkes Bashford
Deborah Santana
Honorary Chairs
Lawrence Bancroft
Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Kimberly K. Brandon
Belva Davis
Lloyd Dean
Ann & Gordon Getty
Anette Harris
Kamala Harris
Dorothy & Arthur Lathan
Dierdre Luddington
Goretti Lo Lui
Alfre Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy
Awards with 17 Emmy nominations, three SAG Awards and a Golden Globe. She
was mostly recently Emmy nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Series for her portrayal of Ruby Jean Reynolds on the hit HBO show, TRUE
BLOOD. Woodard’s illustrious body of work includes her Oscar nominated
performance in Martin Ritt’s CROSS CREEK; HBO’s MANDELA, in which she
was honored with an ACE Award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela; Lawrence
Kasdan’s GRAND CANYON; John Sayles’ PASSION FISH; Joseph Sargent’s MISS
EVERS’ BOYS, for which she won an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award;
Spike Lee’s CROOKLYN; Gina Prince-Bythewood’s LOVE AND BASKETBALL;
Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS; and Maya Angelou’s DOWN IN THE
Woodard directed and produced, “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales,”
which won the 2010 Audiobook of the Year, and garnered a 2010 Grammy Award
nomination for “Best Children’s Spoken Word Album.” The audiobook hosts a
collaboration of talent both broad and diverse, featuring: Matt Damon, Don
Cheadle, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Yvette Radford
Timothy A. Simon
Loretta Walker
Rodney Williams
Diane B. Wilsey
Brenda Wright
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Woodard recently starred in TNT’s police drama MEMPHIS BEAT as Lt. Tanya
Rice, and Lifetime’s remake of STEEL MAGNOLIA’s, playing Ouiser Boudreaux.
Her latest film endeavor is TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE in the role of Mistress
Harriet Shaw, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbinder and Brad Pitt. She is
currently appearing in the BBC America original series, COPPER.
Woodard also enjoys philanthropic work and currently serves on the National Film
Preservation Foundation Board, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences International Outreach Committee.
In addition to her acting career, Woodard, a longtime activist, currently serves on
The Creative Coalition, is a co-founder of “Artists for a New South Africa,” a nonprofit working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, and further the cause of
Democracy and Human rights in South Africa. In 2009 Woodard was appointed by
President Barack Obama to the “President’s Committee on the Arts and