April C. Turner Bio

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Life As Art Productions founder

APRIL C. TURNER is a professional writer/producer and content creator specializing in creating cultural arts experiences designed to invite honest conversations about difficult social issues. Her work also uses performing and literary artforms to document historical and events, as well as share cultural traditions.

An accomplished actress, writer, dancer, and theatre producer, Ms. Turner has had principal roles in more than 20 movies and television shows, as well as dozens of commercials and corporate videos. Among her favorite credits are roles in made for television movies such as Eyeborgs (SyFy Channel) and the independent film adaption of Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms. Other favorites include roles in productions such as Good Behavior (TNT), Unanswered Prayers (Lifetime), Trinity Goodheart (gmc TV), Army Wives (Lifetime), Ditch Digger’s Daughters (Family Channel), and independent feature film titled, Discarded Things. Turner plays Constance Watson in an episode of the upcoming Showtime series, The Good Lord Bird.

Among her produced writing credits are the stage plays, C.O.T.O.: CHOCOLATE ON THE OUTSIDE, RESERVATIONS, STARLIGHT AND MOONSHINE TIMES, PICKLE & LIL’JUNIOR, NIKKY’S GONE and ONE DROP OF MY BLOOD. She has successfully presented stage productions from New Jersey to Florida to Oklahoma. C.O.T.O.: Chocolate on the Outside was a featured production in the 1998 Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series and was a favorite at universities and arts institutions in the ten years following. This contemporary drama with comedy toured nationally, making a positive impact in communities throughout the United States. In 2002, the play received a production at the famous Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, California. C.O.T.O.: Chocolate on the Outside has also proven to be a valuable text for professors to use in drama courses and classes that examine literature and social issues.

Turner’s residencies, workshops and theatrical innovations have made her a favorite among arts presenters, universities and cultural organizations nationwide. In addition to being a prolific playwright and actress, Ms. Turner is a passionate dancer. For more than two decades, her African dance performances and workshops have enlightened, entertained, and promoted cultural awareness in thousands of schools, theatres, learning programs, festivals, and cultural institutions from North Carolina to Los Angeles. She also gained international notice as a guest performer at the Demba Festival in The Gambia, West Africa and later as a dance workshop facilitator at the Teatro Vila Vehla in Brasil.

Whether on the page, stage or screen, Ms. Turner uses art as a tool for positive social change and to document the story.

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Clips of April C. Turner on screen:

Eyeborgs (SyFy Channel)


Army Wives (Lifetime)

ER (NBC Universal)


Unanswered Prayers (Lifetime)


For performances, workshops or speaking engagements contact:

April C. Turner


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