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, 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, 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:
  • 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; 2014 Festival Internacional de teatro de Manizales, Manizales Colombia.
  • Matías Umpierrez's Witness (LONEtheater)  undergroundzero festival NYC 2014
  • 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. 
  • 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.


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