(PR Consultant) June to October 2008
With William Shakespeare as its foundation, the Stratford Festival aims to set the standard for classical theatre in North America. Embracing the heritage of tradition and innovation, it seeks to bring classical and contemporary theatre alive for an increasingly diverse audience.
In 2008, in order to increase its commitment to the diversity of its artists and the repertoire it presents on its stages, the Festival presented the play “Palmer Park.” Directed by Stratford’s guest African American director, Ron Parson, the play featured a cast of majority actors of color at its studio theatre. “Palmer Park,” focused on two professional couples, one black and the other white, who become neighbors after the race riots of 1967 in the Detroit neighborhood. Woods was hired to get buy-in for the play from Detroit “influencers” and to create a strong publicity program to encourage attendance by Detroit residents.
Woods’ main goal was to demystify and familiarize the Detroit community about the Stratford Festival venue (located in Canada about 1 ½ hrs from Detroit). In her media release, she established the play as a must-attend event that brought attention to an affluent Detroit neighborhood to drive residents to purchase tickets and learn more about the play.