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), PMURT a performance lecture by Kevin Doyle, Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium.
At Colgate University Erin Courtney's Map of Virtue,
Federico León's 1500 Meter's Above Jack's Level
, Melody Bates' R & J & Z
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 Expanse of the Hudson River as Painted by Thomas Cole
(an adaptation of Djuna Barnes' first novel Ryder),
a project based on the work of Manuel Puig, translations of two works by Romina Paula.
Sweeney, April. “The Flight of the Golden Falcon by Anna Correa.” Analola Santana and Jimmy A. Noriega (Ed.), (Re)Positioning the Latina/o Americas: Theatrical Histories and Cartographies of Power. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. 2018.
-Distancia by Matías Umpierrez, co-translated with Patricia Masera
2017 Festival Internacional de las Artes, San Juan, Costa Rica
2014 Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales, Manizales, Columbia
2013 FIBA and Teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires
- WITNESS (LONEtheater) by Matías Umpierrez
2014 undergroundzero festival NYC
- FAR (LONEtheater) by Umpierrez, co-translated with Ben Mandell
2014 undergroundzero festival, NYC
-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
2018 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Translations Collaboration Fellowship
with Brenda Werth for the translation of Fauna into English by Argentine playwright
2015 National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship
Latin American Theater Summer Seminar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Acting, Movement for Actors, Improvisation, Live Hybrid Theater/Cinema, Argentine Contemporary Theater, Theater in Translation