April Yvette Thompson, Rewrite Your Story
April Yvette Thompson is a Tony-winning producer, writer, actor and coach working across media. April's most recent credits include the Gotham (dir. Paul. A. Edwards), the NBC pilot Babylon Fields (dir. Michael Cuesta) as well as, Blue Bloods (dir. David Barret). April’s acting credits include the feature film The Teacher (dir. Jeremy Engle) opposite Hunter Parrish (Weeds) and Clarke Peters (The Wire) filming in NYC now. Recently April guest starred on "Gotham" (FOX) and "Blue Bloods" (CBS). April starred in the smash Broadway hit, Clybourne Park, (Pulitzer & Tony for Best Play); as well as the revival of The Exonerated (dir. Bob Balaban) with Stockard Channing, Delroy Lindo & Roger Waters. Her off-broadway credits include Medea, King Lear, Macbeth, Antigone, Light Raise the Roof and many others. April’s Film/TV credits include The Exonerated, Accidental Husband, Blue Caprice, Backwards, Babylon Fields, “Law & Order” & “Third Watch, etc.”
As SimonSays Entertainment Director of Development, April produces award-winning indie films. Her Sundance films have been in theatres nationwide and are currently available On Demand, NETFLIX & Amazon: Blue Caprice (starring Isaiah Washington), Mother of George (starring Danai Gurira), Gun Hill Road starring (Esai Morales & Judy Reyes). Blue Caprice was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for best first feature and . opened the prestigious New Directors/New Films festival at MoMA. Mother of George was named “best motion picture of the year” by Indiewire and won Best Cinematography at Sundance. In the broadway producing world, April was on the Tony-winning producing team of the longest-running Broadway production of Porgy & Bess(Tony for Best Musical Revival) starring Audra MacDonald (Best Actress Tony).
As a playwright, April is developing her second play in The Miami Trilogy, Good Bread Alley, with support from NYSF, NYTW, Arsht. Her first play, Liberty City was an off Broadway hit at New York Theatre Workshop (creators of Rent, Once the Musical)and was nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lortel & AUDELCO awards Liberty City has toured the United States and has it's Chicago premier in June 2015.
Bachelor of Arts, English from Vassar College
Master of Fine Arts, Theatre from Rutgers University
"I believe that when you master your fate, the world responds in time."