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
p 315-228-6678

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, 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.  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, 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 Federico León's 1500 Meter's Above Jack's Level,  PUNCHjudyJUDYpunch, They Say Her Name is Alice and Wald, a wondertale.

Projects in development include Expanse 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.


Selected performance projects include:

  • Distancia, Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales 2014, Colombia
  • Witness (LONEtheater), undergroundzero festival, NYC 2014
  • Any Other Normal a film by Brok Labrenz 2014
  • Distancia, Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires [FIBA] and Teatro San Martín 2013
  • The World is Round is Round is Round, The Mill, Albany, NY
  • The Good Person of Szechwan, Columbia Stages 2012
  • Orchardless: Decay of Cities, New Orleans Fringe Festival 2012
  • The Rover, New York Classical Theater
  • Untitled Mars (This Title May Change), Performance Space 122; National Theater of Hungary, Budapest
  • Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at the Kitchen, NYC. 
  • 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
  • Grapes of Wrath at the Arkansas Repertory Theater.
  • Streetcar Named Desire, National Tour Montana Repertory Theater
The above work has been written about in the German theater journal 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.


- 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


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