Akia Woods has joined the OCCA board to help OCCA with its mission “to promote and provide high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast.”
Woods is often seen onstage (or backstage) with Red Octopus, Porthole Players and One Of Us Productions. She also ushers for the Newport Symphony as well as OCCA’s Met Opera Live in HD and National Theatre London in HD events.
She sings with Yachats Big Band and has sung with the Sweet Adelines and Central Coast Chorale locally, as well as other groups throughout the state. She has given solo and duet concerts locally and often sings at Oregon Music Teachers Association events and other fundraisers.
Did we say that Woods likes, indeed loves, to sing? She had her own record label for a while and used to tour with her original music.
She decided on early retirement from the state of Oregon where she started in social work with the elderly and alter-abled, moved to management, and served the last 17 years as a computer network technician. While working as a tech, she made theatre arts connections up and down the coast.
She loves to ballroom dance, is active in Dances of Universal Peace in Newport and Yachats and likes to hike.
“I look forward to giving back to the entire coastal community that so warmly welcomed me when I moved to the central coast from Grants Pass in 1997,” says Woods.