April Cleveland

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April Cleveland
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Artist Bio

April Cleveland is a theatre director with a background in philosophy and mathematics. An MFA graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, April directs fast-paced thrillers across genres, from plays set in dystopic futures to contemporary versions of classic texts. Her favorite kind of theatre interrogates reality, perception, and certainty. Her off-Broadway credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen in a modern version by Tim Slover (Classic Stage Company and OSF) for the Play On! Festival. Her recent directing credits include Oresteia (adapted by Robert Icke), Cockroach (Sam Holcroft), The Witness (Vivienne Franzmann), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Madeleine George), and Dying City (Christopher Shinn). Cleveland recently worked with Pam Mackinnon on Downstate (Steppenwolf Theatre in a coproduction with London’s National Theatre), Robert Icke on Hexenjagd (Theater Basel, Switzerland) and Vanessa Stalling on A Shayna Maidel (TimeLine Theatre, Chicago). April serves as faculty for the directing concentration of the high school training program at DePaul University.