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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
Steeped in both European and American traditions, I have always sought to inspire and share my knowledge and expertise in theatre arts (puppetry/movement theatre, classical and modern theatre, voice-over performance, playwriting/storytelling, dramaturgy and directing) with others.
My performance training began in Vermont with Bread and Puppet Theatre, and Pablo Vela, continued with Circle in the Square, and The Studio of the Actors Space in New York City, and culminated in London UK with training with The Royal National Theatre Studio, and work with Patrick Tucker and The Original Shakespeare Company.
In 1991, I founded Simply Shakespeare, a teaching and producing vehicle providing a unique and simple approach to unlocking the power of language driven text for actors. Simply Shakespeare offers workshops and staged readings. Simply Shakespeare also co-produced with Vagabond Theatre, The Lyon’s Part, an original comedic one-act about the lives of Elizabethan actors. I wrote and directed this piece and there are two other plays currently in the works as companion pieces. For more information on Simply Shakespeare, go to www.simplyshakespeare.com.
Additionally I have taught or held workshops on theatre and language arts at Elizabeth Browning Studios (NY), Philly Senior Stage (PA), People’s Light and Theatre Company (PA), Rosemont College (PA), New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts (NJ), Royal National Theatre Studio (UK), Princeton Rep’s Shakespeare in the Park (NJ), Philadelpia Young Playwrights (playingwriting), Main Line Art Center (PA)(storytelling and illustration) and, as a Director and/or verse-nurse, I have worked in productions in the US and England ranging from classical theatre to modern theatre to senior theatre in retirement communities.
Member: AEA/SAG/AFTRA/Dramatists Guild.
A complete Teaching and Directing CV is available upon request.
Folks Talking about April
“April has significant strengths as a performer; director; teacher; writer; collaborator; voice over artist and scholar: … She loves and inspires her students, creates dynamic ensembles…and has a huge imagination.”
~Judy Braha, Program Head, MFA Directing, Boston University
“… April is funny, creative, imaginative, and encouraging…April brings a unique and valuable combination of skills to acting that is hard to find in many of today’s educational settings. She has joined the methods of Stanislavsky and Eric Morris to the highly structured approach of the English theatre, and created a process that allows actors to work both organically and at the same time with carefully crafted style. Her integrated approach to character development produces believable and fascinating characters onstage and in front of the camera that are unique and specific to the demands of any text.”
~Elizabeth Browning, Acting Coach. Elizabeth Browning Studios, NY