Heather Woodbury is a native of northern California. In her late teens, she moved to New York City's East Village and became involved in the early '90s performance art scene, where she developed her method of generating material via improvisational writing and performance. Throughout those years she lived in several NYC neighborhoods, was employed as a go-go dancer, a barmaid, and a cater waiter, and crisscrossed the country several times by car, train, bus, and thumb. Woodbury has received numerous awards as a performer and playwright. In 2001, she received an award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, as well as an NEA Fellowship for her new work Tale Of 2 Cities: An American Joyride.