April is an MFA Directing candidate at The Theatre School at DePaul University (2019).
I aim to make the Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, and Handmaid’s Tale of the theatre.
I’m April, a director with a background in philosophy and mathematics. I directed large-scale musicals for years before turning my attention to mind-bending work that puts reality on trial. I investigate perception, uncertainty, and the tenuous relationship between reality and illusion. I direct fast-paced thrillers across genres, from plays set in dystopic futures to adaptations of classic texts. Dangerous, intense, and theatrical, my work typically features wild women at the center of a faltering world. Recent directing credits include work at Classic Stage Company (NY), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Red theatre (Chicago), and Jackalope Theatre (Chicago). Recently, I worked with director Robert Icke on HEXENJAGD at Theatre Basel in Switzerland, director Pam Mackinnon on DOWNSTATE in a coproduction between London’s National Theatre and Steppenwolf, and director Vanessa Stalling on A SHAYNA MAIDEL at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago.
I am a graduate of The Great Books program at St. John’s College (Santa Fe) and I studied acting for four years at The Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film. I serve as faculty for the directing concentration of the high school training program within the DePaul University Theatre School. I have taught at Roosevelt University and Parkland College’s College for Kids program.