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April Sweeney

April Sweeney

Associate Professor of Theater
University Theater, 217 Charles Dana Arts Center
p 315-228-6678

April Sweeney is an actor and theater maker originally from Dallas, Texas. She holds a bachelor of fine arts in acting from Marymount Manhattan College and a master of fine arts in acting from Columbia University.  She has performed internationally in theaters and festivals in Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Ireland, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.  In the United States she has performed in regional theater,  a national tour, off-Broadway and downtown New York theater over the past decade.  

Ms. Sweeney has taught a number of master classes and workshops throughout Bolivia and Argentina while in residency with Laboratorio Teatral Willaldea. Directing and writing credits include She, and the Empty Living Room at the undergroundzero festival NYC, Atardecer 43, Teatro Comunitaria Villa Traful, Argentina,  A Short Play for 3 Spanish Speaking Actresses Stuck in a Cherry Orchard and Contemplations on a 4 Minute Macbeth at Laboratorio Teatral WILLALDEA (Buenos Aires), and at Colgate University Erin Courtney's Map of Virtue, Federico León's 1500 Meter's Above Jack's Level,  and several TYA works PUNCHjudyJUDYpunch, They Say Her Name is Alice, Wald, a wondertale and an adaptation of Kate DiCamillio's Flora and Ulysses.

Projects in development include All in My FamilyExpanse of the Hudson River as Painted by Thomas Cole (an adaptation of Djuna Barnes' first novel Ryder), Paula Santamaria's La luz maligna and a project based on the work of Manuel Puig.

Performance

Selected performance projects include:

  • Witness (LONEtheater), Matías Umpierrez and BOOM Arts, Portland, OR 2016
  • The Irresistible, Immersive Gallery, Williamsburg, NY 2015
  • Distancia, Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales, Colombia 2014
  • Witness (LONEtheater), undergroundzero festival, NYC 2014
  • Any Other Normal a film by Brok Labrenz 2014, Sydney World Film Festival 2015, Swedish International Film Festival 2016, Hamilton International Film Festival 2016
  • Distancia, Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires [FIBA] and Teatro San Martín 2013
  • The World is Round is Round is Round, The Mill, Albany, NY 2013
  • The Good Person of Szechwan, Columbia Stages 2012
  • Orchardless: Decay of Cities, New Orleans Fringe Festival 2012
  • The Rover, New York Classical Theater 2011
  • Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at the Kitchen, NYC 2010
  • Untitled Mars (This Title May Change), Performance Space 122; National Theater of Hungary, Budapest 2008
  • This Place is a Desert at both  ICA Boston; Under the Radar Festival/Public Theater 2008
  • Women Dreamt Horses, BAIT/Buenos Aires in Translation Festival Performance Space 122 2006
  • Streetcar Named Desire, National Tour Montana Repertory Theater 2004
  • Grapes of Wrath at the Arkansas Repertory Theater 2000
The above work has been written about in Theater Heute, ARetez Revista de les Artes Escénicas, La Nación, Tiempo Argentino, American Theater Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out NY.

Translations

Production

- WITNESS (LONEtheater) by Matías Umpierrez, 2014 undergroundzero festival NYC 
- FAR (LONEtheater) by Umpierrez, co-translated with Ben Mandell
  2014 undergroundzero festival, NYC  
-Distancia by Matías Umpierrezco-translated with Patricia Masera
 2013 FIBA and Teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires
-1500 Meter's Above Jack's Level by Federico León, co-translated with Brenda Werth
  Colgate University Theater production, 2010

Essay
- "The Flight of the Golden" Falcon by Anna Correa in "(Re)Positioning the Latina/o Americas: Theatrical Histories and Cartographies of Power,” edited by Jimmy A. Noriega and Analola Santana (forthcoming Southern Illinois University Press)

Degree

BFA, Marymount Manhattan College, 1995; MFA in Acting, Columbia University, 2000

Teaching Experience

  • Colgate University, Associate Professor, 2012-present
  • Colgate University, Assistant Professor, 2006-present
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Guest Artist, 2005
  • Puerto Villaroel, Chapare, Bolivia, Artist in Residence, 2005
  • Casa de Cultura, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia-Artist in Residence, 2005

Colgate University Courses 

-THTR 254 Basic Acting
THTR 257 Performance I
-THTR 259 Children's Theater Workshop
-THTR 353 Theater, Play and Improvisation
-THTR 355 Advanced Acting
-THTR 357 Performance II
-THTR 363 Narrative Improvisation and Storytelling
-THTR 495 Senior Seminar
-CORE 152 Challenge of Modernity

Specialties

Acting, movement, improvisation and live hybrid cinema