about

if theatre isn’t Transcendent, annihilating, sexy and bold

stay home and watch Netflix.

 
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Fixations:

  1. wild Women who destroy everything in their path

  2. Men who fly too close to the sun

  3. ibsen, the greeks, albee, O’neill, jacobs-jenkins, alistair mcdowall


With a background in Philosophy and Mathematics, April seeks out texts with big ideas and universal questions, transforming them into fast-paced and theatrical thrillers. She is drawn to visceral versions of classic texts, disorienting plays set in dystopic futures, and new work that investigates our contemporary perception of reality. April is deeply inspired by international theatre makers, and she is committed to fostering tight-knit ensembles of actors and designers.

She has recently directed for Classic Stage Company (NY), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Red theatre (Chicago), and Jackalope Theatre (Chicago). Recently, April assisted director Robert Icke on HEXENJAGD at Theatre Basel, 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.

April is a recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA Directing) and The Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2015). She studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film (4-year, full-time Conservatory Program). As an educator, April serves as faculty for the directing concentration of the high school training program within The Theatre School at DePaul University. She has taught theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago.