IRA DAVID WOOD III / Biographical Sketch

IRA DAVID WOOD III is Founder and Executive Director of Theatre In The Park 
in Raleigh, North Carolina.  A native North Carolinian, he is the only 
two-time recipient of the Medal of Arts award, presented by the Raleigh Arts 
Commission for extraordinary artistic achievement. He has appeared in motion 
pictures and television, though his theatrical career has centered primarily 
on stage work.  National Business Yearly has named him one of the fifty most 
influential people in the Triangle area. Over the years, his theatre work has 
taken him to such places as China, Afghanistan, Iran, Germany, Italy, France 
and England.  

He wrote and directed the Opening Ceremonies for the US Olympic 
Festival in 1987 ...the largest single event in the history of North 
Carolina. He has made numerous appearances with The North Carolina Symphony 
as a guest artist - and has also appeared at The Kennedy Center with Andre 
Watts and The National Symphony. His original plays have been performed 
throughout the United States.  He is a recipient of The Order Of The Long 
Leaf Pine, the highest honor this state can afford one of its citizens.  
South Carolina's Babcock Foundation also recently presented him their 
prestigious Builder of Bridges Award.

An internationally acclaimed actor of remarkable range and ability, 
David has given theatregoers critically acclaimed performances in such roles 
as Hamlet, Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac, Romeo and King Lear. He is 
consistently voted Best Actor in area public opinion polls and N.C. critics 
have long referred to him " ... one of the finest actors this state has ever 
produced."  His JFK Assassination Chronology began as a private research project 
which was to culminate in an original play on the subject.  All entries in 
the work come from published material which he continues to put into 
chronological order.  To date, the play remains unwritten; the research 
continues, and the complete Chronology currently numbers over five hundred 
pages in length.

(c)2003 Ira David Wood III