April Cleveland is a director, educator and ensemble member at The COOP Theatre, Off-Broadway. She directs fast-paced thrillers across genres, from classics and contemporary adaptations to dystopian new work and large-scale musicals. Her work interrogates reality and perception, and often features wild women at the center of a faltering world. Off-Broadway: The Two Noble Kinsmen in a new version by Tim Slover (Oregon Shakespeare Festival & Classic Stage Company, Play On!). Chicago credits include: Kafka’s Burrow (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago); Above the Burrow (Prop Thtr.); Oresteia, The Witness, Cockroach, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Dying City  (The Theatre School). April was Artistic Director of Urbana Youth Theatre from 2009-2014 where she directed Annie, Anything Goes, Lucky Stiff, Once Upon a Mattress, and The Sound of Music. Assistant/Associate credits include: Hamlet (dir. Robert Icke, Park Armory, NYC); Oresteia (dir. Robert Icke, Park Armory, NYC); In the Sick Bay of the Santa Maria (dir. Robert O’Hara, Goodman Theatre); Downstate (dir. Pam Mackinnon, Steppenwolf and London’s National Theatre); Lady from the Sea (dir. Shana Cooper, Court Theatre); The Crucible (dir. Robert Icke, Theater Basel, Switzerland); A Shayna Maidel (dir. Vanessa Stalling, TimeLine). April serves as directing faculty for the high school training program within DePaul University. DePaul University (MFA Directing); St. John’s College (Classics); The Strasberg Institute (Conservatory Program, Acting). www.aprilcleveland.com