Professor April Sweeney -- Theater -- Acting -- Directing -- Writing

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April Sweeney

April Sweeney

Associate Professor of English in the University Theater
University Theater, 217 Charles Dana Arts Center
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April Sweeney 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, Bolivia, France, Ireland, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.  In the United States she has performed in regional theater, national tours, off-Broadway and downtown New York theater over the past decade.  She has also appeared in films screened at XI BAFICI, New York Film Anthology Archive’s New Directors Series, and the New York International Film and Video Festival.

Ms. Sweeney has taught a number of master classes, workshops, and studios 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, 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 Federico León's 1500 Meter's Above Jack's Level,  PUNCHjudyJUDYpunch, The Magical Seahorse, Galaxy Spelunker of the Universe, and They Say Her Name is Alice.

Projects in development include Expanse of the Hudson River as Painted by Thomas Cole (an adaptation of Djuna Barnes' first novel Ryder) and a project based on the work of Manuel Puig.


Selected performance projects include:
  • Karin Coonrod's The World is Round is Round is Round (The Mill, Albany, NY)
  • The Rover (New York Classical Theater)
  • Matías Umpierrez's Distancia (Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (FIBA 2013/Teatro San Martín)
  • Ashley Kelly Tata's The Good Person of Szechwan and Orchardless: Decay of Cities (New Orleans Fringe Festival)
  • Daniel Veronese’s Women Dreamt Horses as part of the BAIT (Buenos Aires in Translation Festival) at Performing Space 122
  • Jay Scheib's This Place is a Desert at both the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and as part of the prestigious 2008 Under the Radar Festival/Public Theater
  • The Obie Award-winning Untitled Mars (This Title May Change) at Performance Space 122 and the National Theater of Hungary in Budapest
  • Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at the Kitchen, NYC. 
This Place is a Desert was selected as the second best theater piece of 2008 by Time Out NY.  The above work has been written about in the German theater journal Theater Heute, American Theater Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out NY.


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

Teaching Experience

  • Colgate University, Associate 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


Acting, movement