Woolly for the mind, body, and spirit


During this time of physical distancing, marked by a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice and inequality in the US, we are thinking expansively about how to provide space for community connection outside of our building. As a result we have expanded our groundbreaking engagement work, Connectivity, to offer a slate of communal activities that foster learning, enhance existing abilities, and most importantly, activate joy. In support of individual growth and community resilience, we are introducing our own unique offering of classes and convenings: Woolly for the Mind, Body and Spirit. Each of these sessions is designed to either spark your imagination, activate your individual creativity, or support your physical well-being - and sometimes all of the above at the same time!

Fall/Summer Classes

  • Woolly's Wonderlist
  • The Liberation Library Book Club
  • Remix: A Musical Theatre Choreo Class with SOLE Defined
  • Let's Get Digital: An Actor’s Guide to Self-tapes and Online Auditions

See below for full class descriptions!

For the Spirit:
WOOLLY’S WONDERLIST: Hosted by Artistic Director, Maria Manuela Goyanes 

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and Ryan J. Haddad:
Tuesday, September 15 at 5pm >>

Toshi Reagon: Wednesday, October 28 at 5pm >>

Cost: FREE

Shake up your weeknight routine with our new conversation series, Woolly’s Wonderlist, where we ask the folks who inspire us to chat about what’s currently inspiring them. You’ll hear from Woollyverse artists you know and love, as well as some folks that we’re excited to introduce you to (don’t worry, we really think you’ll hit it off).  We'll dig into the ideas and influences that have shaped their careers, and get their unique perspectives on the summer of 2020.


For the Mind:
The Liberation Library Book Club

BLKS by Aziza Barnes x Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown: Sunday, August 23rd from 2-3:30pm >>
Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro x The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander: Sunday, October 4th from 2-3:30pm >>

Cost: Pay-What-You-Will, Suggested Donation of $15. If you’d like to reserve a spot at a different price point, please contact the Box Office at tickets@woollymammoth.net.

In the spirit of Woolly’s new Liberation Library - a free digital resource lab curated in an effort to critique and combat colonialism, racism, ableism, sexism, and countless other “-isms” that are used as tools of oppression, we’ve decided to start our very own book club!

Join us as we examine texts with a focus on racial and social justice, and unite them with some of our favorite Woolly projects - kind of like our own Woolly version of a wine pairing. We will then come together to discuss how each text deepens our understanding of the other. In response to the civil unrest of this summer, this fall and summer we will focus on deepening our understanding of anti-racism.

Registration Deadlines:
Friday, September 11th (for class on Sunday, September 13th)
Friday, October 2nd (for class on Sunday, October 4th) 

Where to find books

Want to try a bookseller other than Amazon? For hard copies, check out Bookshop. They have all books in stock, and you can choose to direct the proceeds to any Bookstore they are partnered with. Some Black-owned bookstores you can support via Bookshop include:

Brave + Kind Bookshop
Elizabeth’s Bookshop and Writing Center
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery
Harriett's Bookshop
Brain Lair Books
Cafe con Libros, Feminist Bookstore & Coffee Shop
The Lit. Bar
Cultured Books
Books and Crannies
Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books
Loyalty Bookstores
Fulton Street Books and Coffee
Solid State Books

Where to Find Plays

BLKS is available for sale from Dramatists Play Service.

Bootycandy is available for sale from Bookshop (see our section on Where to Find Books for more details about how to use Bookshop to support Black-owned bookstore).


For the Body
REMIX: A Musical Theatre Choreo Class with SOLE Defined

No current classes!

Cost: $20 per class

Woolly and SOLE Defined bring you a truly original take on musical theatre choreography, where you will work those muscles while learning an all-levels dance routine. Set to a song from Hamilton but infusing percussive dance styles, SOLE Defined will teach you a bold new way to move to the music. The same routine will be taught each class so you don’t need to attend all three.

About SOLE Defined

SOLE Defined is an Artist in Residence at Dance Place in Washington, DC with the mission to entertain, educate and empower lives through performances, workshops, and Arts integrated programming. SOLE Defined is the intersection between percussive dance, multimedia, storytelling and the African America narrative throughout American History in 90 minute shows we call “Percussicals." Percussical’s are high-quality percussive dance musicals that raise concisions about historic information directly affecting the African American narrative, while preserving percussive dance forms created in the United States. Using art to address social injustice, we strategically created a company of artists that represents the diversity of our cities, to inspire hope and initiate transparent conversations between social classes.

And as a bonus, here is a special offering for actors:

Let’s Get Digital: An Actor’s Guide to Self-tapes and Online Auditions

No current classes!

Cost: $150

Have you been putting off learning how to self-tape because you don’t know where to start? In the time of COVID-19, knowing how to shoot a good self-tape is more important than ever, and now is the time to get your questions answered.In this workshop, New York based actor Nemuna Ceesay (What to Send Up When It Goes Down) breaks down how to self-tape for theatre and film/TV. You will learn how to make a professional looking self-tape and get feedback specifically tailored to you and your work. We will practice with monologues and sides so that when the time comes you’re ready to book that role!

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In order to make this course financially accessible to more people, there are a limited number of ½ price scholarships available. To apply, please click here. The deadline for scholarship applications is 12:00am on August 17, 2020. There is also the option to audit the class (where you can observe but not participate) for $25. To take advantage of this offer, use the code AUDIT at checkout!

Full Participation Registration Deadlines:
Monday, August 24th (for class on Saturday, August 29th)
Monday, September 7th (for class on Saturday, September 12th)
Monday, September 21st (for class on Saturday September 26th)
**The deadline to register to audit a course is 24 hours in advance of class start time. 

About Nemuna Ceesay

Nemuna Ceesay is an actor originally from California and based in New York. She has an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater and has been seen onstage at CalShakes, Joe’s Pub, PlayMakers Rep, Woolly Mammoth, A.R.T., The Public, and spent 2 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Favorite TV credits include: Broad City, Instinct, Younger, FBI, Prodigal Son and Katy Keene. She has performed internationally at Theatre Calgary and the Moscow Art Theatre. Nemuna is also an acting teacher at Hunter College and has her own business coaching actors for MFA Auditions. Follow her on Instagram @see.say.act and visit her website at www.nemunarceesay.com