Larry (L.T.) Woody is native of Baltimore, MD and a product of the very mean streets of Harlem Park on Baltimore’s West Side. At the age of 13, through an academic scholarship program called A Better Chance (ABC) he received a scholarship to attend the prestigious St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Concord, NH. His boarding school education was a life altering experience for him, the most pivotal of his life. From there, he went on to receive a B.S. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. After that, some real-life drama began.
Woody spent a few summers working at Variety Club Camp for Disabled Children in Worcester, PA and for two years, he was an Educational Associate (non-classroom teacher) for the Baltimore City Schools. However, a few years before, a chance audition and subsequent portrayal of Jesus in a college production of the play Godspell had given him the acting bug, and in 1981, he moved from Philadelphia to NYC to pursue acting. Woody became a member of SAG and AFTRA. His very first professional on-screen scene was as a doctor in a scene with John Travolta in the film Blowout. While looking for work as an actor, Woody worked at Windows On the World restaurant on the 107th Floor, Tower One World Trade Center (sigh). He also worked as a house manager at the NYC Negro Ensemble Company, where he saw many now prominent black actors begin their careers. For nearly fifteen years, Woody performed in numerous television commercials, print, voiceover, film, stage, etc. Some of his favorite roles include Carlyle in Streamers, Dracula, Henry in Ed Shockley’s Liars’ Contest, and Cowboy in Steve Yeager’s independent film The Connection.
In 1993, he became a father, and stayed at home for the next three years serving as the primary care giver to his son Colin, an invaluable experience. Woody has full custody of his son now, and views his role as a father as probably his biggest role to date. Out of his experiences caring for his son, came a five-year stint as a Lead Teacher in the infant room of a corporate day care center; an anomaly in a profession where there are few men. Woody then began working for a national pediatric literacy program called Reach Out and Read at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), encouraging a love of books in children aged 0-5 years old. He worked for the Early Head Start program at CHOP as an Infant Toddler Specialist doing home visits, helping disadvantaged families with child development activities for their children, and now works with Focus on Fathers, an initiative to get fathers involved in the lives of their children.
Woody enjoys playing guitar and songwriting. He has written more than fifty original songs and has performed his songs on the streets and in the clubs of Philadelphia, Baltimore, in Washington Square in NYC and NYC open stages, including the stage at Gerde’s Folk City, where musicians like Hendrix and Bob Dylan once played. Woody has also written a play with (original) music called Rockaway, based on a fictional Hendrix-like rock musician, which received a workshop production at Columbia University in 1983. He has written short stories, most of which have been lost, but he very much enjoys that medium. IN BLACK IN WHITE is Woody’s first book. He is currently researching his next book about his experiences working with disadvantaged men, women and children in Philadelphia.
"What a long strange trip it’s been!"
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In Black In White
by L.T. Woody
Approx. 104,900 words.
Published on August 19, 2011.
Among several other themes, In Black In White looks at the idea of nature versus nurture. It's the true story of the "two educations" of a black youth; an education derived from attendance in the Baltimore City Public Schools (and surviving that city's streets); and an education acquired from time spent inside the ivy-covered Halls of the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire.
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