April Yvette Thompson
April Yvette Thompson
is a Tony-winning producer/writer/actor working across media. With 25 years of experience teaching, acting, writing and advocating for people's dreams, April has the uncanny ability to help her clients find their own personal tranformation magic.
She is the mid-wife helping folks give birth to their dreams and cross the finish lines of their goals. April's DreamingOutLoud Technique from her Ted Talk: ReWrite Your Story, is the basis of her teaching methodology.
Writing is the way to focus ourselves in the present, on what's working and figuring out new ways to get around old problems. Writing is a way to align the life you're living with the life you've always dreamed about.
The DreamingOutLoud Technique uses writing exercises and a rigorous questioning of all the limiting beliefs we hold that no longer serve us. And like Kali, the goddess of destruction and transformation, April helps her clients root out the dead weight so that you can focus on flying.
Film/TV credits include BULL, Blue Caprice, Gotham, Blue Bloods, Babylon Fields, The Exonerated (w/Susan Sarandon & Delroy Lindo), Accidental Husband, Backwards, Babylon Fields, Law & Order & Third Watch, etc. Broadway/Off Broadway credits include Clybourne Park, (Pulitzer & Tony); Vassar Voices (w/Meryl Streep), Good Bread Alley, Liberty City The Exonerated(w/Gabriel Byrne, Richard Dreyfuss), Medea, King Lear, Macbeth, etc
As SimonSays Entertainment Director of Development, April produced Sundance features: Blue Caprice (w/Isaiah Washington), Mother of George (w/Danai Gurira), Gun Hill Road (w/Esai Morales). April was on the Tony-winning producing teams for 2017 Tony for Best Revival for August Wilson's Jitney directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson and 2012 Tony for Best Revival, Porgy & Bess starring Audra MacDonald (Tony).
April wrote, produced & starred in her Miami Trilogy of plays: Good Bread Alley and Liberty City (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lortel noms & Jeff Award) at New York Theatre Workshop. Her latest play, Black Lives is in development at NYTW. April has taught at Rutgers University, Vassar College, Harlem School of the Arts, University of Zimbabwe, Maggie Flanigan Studio and various Universities throughout the United States as a Teaching Artist for The Acting Company. April has served as Artist in Residence at Manhattan Theatre Club, 651 Arts, NYTW and Director/Founder of the The Children’s Defense Fund’s Fundi Freedom Schools where she developed Arts in Education Curriculum for 1500 at-risk students.
EDUCATION: Vassar College, BA and Rutgers University, MFA
Los Angeles-based actress, Hilary Ward, is a forceful presence in television, film and theatre. Trained in UCSD's prestigious MFA program, she is a proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity (AEA).
For the past 15 years, she has made her living exclusively as an actor, coach, and acting teacher. By combining the voice and movement techniques that she learned in graduate school with sharp text analysis and on-camera technique, she has been able to create performances that are unique, compelling and specific.
She began teaching voice and speech techniques to undergraduates in 2005 and transitioned into coaching young actors applying to graduate programs. Her clients have been called back and accepted to The Julliard School, University of Southern California, Columbia University, The New School/Pace University, and Harvard University/ART. Her professional clients have appeared on Scandal, NCIS, NCIS-Los Angeles, Grey's Anatomy, Ozark, Marvel's Agents of Shield, Chicago Fire, Law and Order: SVU, The Good Wife, American Horror Story and more.
Film/TV credits: the upcoming limited series Sharp Objects (HBO), NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Castle, Modern Family, The Fosters, CSI, Guidance, All the Way, Like You Mean It, Other People, Five Points, Criminal Minds and 20 national commercial campaigns for companies such as Subaru, McDonald's, The Home Depot and AT&T.
Theatre credits: La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Classical Theatre of Harlem.
EDUCATION: MFA-UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse