April Shawhan teaches acting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has taught acting at New York City’s Playwright’s Horizons and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was the head of the acting department at Trinity Rep Conservatory. She has directed many plays, including A Lie of the Mind, Top Girls and A Savage in Limbo. As an actress, she has appeared in eight Broadway plays, including A History of American Film, Rex and Over Here. She also starred as Blanche in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Regional theater credits include such roles as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Nora in A Doll House. Shawhan appeared in her first film, The Lay of the Land, written by UCLA TFT Professor Emeritus Mel Shapiro, in 1997.