It may still be March, but we'd rather talk about April! We're delighted to announce April Green as our first featured member. She's currently taking part in our ATLAS program for actors, and she was the absolutely first person to add a headshot and résumé to her bio on our new website! TBA staffer James Nelson interviews this proactive professional.
|TBA Featured Member April Green.
Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I'm a diligent student. If I'm not learning on the job, I'm taking classes. I've done long-form improv with Freefall Improvisational Theater and have performed full-length unscripted plays for over eight years. Recently I started doing more devised, experimental and physical theatre. As far as what I'd like to do with performance—I am interested in the intersections where story, movement and music meet, which can be very powerful when they are done successfully.
What's a favorite production you've seen?
Aurelia's Oratorio, which came to Berkeley Rep a few years ago. I just felt so lifted by the magic in that show—I remember dancing down the street after walking out of the theatre that night. The first Mugwumpin show I saw blew my mind—Future Motive Power at the Mint. It was an incredible devised work by really smart people and a great use of the space. I love everything I see at Shotgun and the work I've seen directed by Mark Jackson because it's surprising, subtle, and poetic. And I love Lauren Gunderson's plays, of course—they're full of heart. There's so much great stuff going on here in the Bay Area.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
I just moved here recently and have been overwhelmed by how supportive and approachable the theatre community here is. The work I've seen in the Bay Area has tremendous heart and guts. I see artists here doing what they love and taking risks—it's exciting to see the boldness that comes out of the work here.
Do you have a resource or a piece of advice you’d like to share?
If you get a chance to work with Jeffrey Bihr, do it. Take a class with him over at Berkeley Rep or do some one-on-one coaching. He is wonderful to work with—fun, supportive and specific.
Be kind. To others and to yourself. There's a blog I love called "The Follies of God." It has all of these beautiful and poignant quotes from famous playwrights and actors (a lot of Tennessee Williams) about what it means to be an artist and how you can actually embrace the struggle. As one of my newfound actor friends said to me the other day, "this is a crazy business we are in—you might as well be an optimist."
April Green is a Bay Area actor, with a career that includes shows at Pear Avenue Theater, Rapid Descent Physical Theatre, Stanford Theater and Ragged Wing Ensemble. Learn more about her work at castaprilgreen.com.