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 XI BAFICI, New York Film Anthology Archive’s New Directors Series, and the New York International Film and Video Festival.
Ms. Sweeney has 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 and The Magical Seahorse, Galaxy Spelunker of the Universe. 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.
Recent performance projects include Karin Coonrod's The Rover for New York Classical Theater, 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; and 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, and Time Out New York. Upcoming projects include Not From Canada at the Monty Arts Center, Antwerp, Belgium and Matías Umpierrez's Distancia premiering at Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (FIBA 2013).
BFA Marymount Manhattan College 1995; MFA in Acting Columbia University 2000
Colgate University-Associate Professor 2006-
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