April Gentry-Sutterfield

April Gentry-Sutterfield

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
501-372-4939 501-319-4471
[email protected]

As a teaching artist, April specializes in devising--any process using movement, improvisation, and writing to collaboratively create performance. April has facilitated drama and theatre students in the process of devising at the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, Arkansas Governor's School, Arkansas High School in Texarkana, and Horace Mann Middle School in Little Rock, AR. April appreciates devising in the drama classroom because the end product bears the fingerprint of each person involved in the process. April has facilitated non-drama and theatre students in the process of devising at elementary schools across the state. April appreciates devising in non-drama classrooms for its ability to make content come to life! April serves as a resident teaching artist for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Wildwood Park for the Arts. April has also served as a teaching artist for teachers in professional development workshops sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education and Wildwood Park for the Arts.

As an artist, April has directed plays on the college and secondary levels. Elementary students across the state have seen April۪'s play, Lily and the Apple Seed, as Wildwood۪'s 2012 Art-to-Go tour, and she received a playwriting mentorship through the Playwright۪s Center of Minneapolis for her one-woman show, "Sticky Thickets." April has published articles in "TYA Today," "Stage of the Art," and for the Community Arts Network. April has an M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College.

April welcomes the opportunity to lead professional development workshops for teachers on theatre arts integration and best practices in the drama classroom; to custom develop residencies for schools and arts centers; and to write theatre arts integrated curriculum.


April Gentry-Sutterfield brings over a decade of teaching experience to her work as a teaching artist. April has served as the full-time drama teacher at a public middle school, a theatre and acting instructor at a community college, the drama instructor for gifted and talented students at Arkansas Governor's School, the drama instructor at a school for students with specific learning needs, and a teaching artist in preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms across the state.

As an educator, April enjoys adapting theatre exercises and techniques to meet educational objectives in non-theatre classrooms. She also enjoys mentoring drama teachers in best practices for the drama classroom. April is a strong classroom manager and facilitator with an understanding of both urban and rural populations.

April has collaborated with Crystal Bridges Museum for American Art, Wildwood Park for the Arts, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Trike Theatre in Bentonville, the Art and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, and other arts organizations to custom develop programming based on students۪' and teachers۪' needs. She has facilitated professional development workshops at arts centers, schools, colleges, and educational cooperatives throughout the region. April welcomes the opportunity to custom-develop teaching artist residencies and professional development workshops for your organization.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open with at least 2 weeks notice
Special Needs: