Independent artist April “A.P.” Powell is a native of West Philadelphia where she began writing poetry and short stories at the tender age of six. She fell in love with performing live when she was cast in her first musical stage play A Raisin in the Sun, at 7-years-old.
She relocated to Atlanta, GA, in the early 90’s and was introduced to a world of the arts. Not long after a local community leader learned of her gift for poetry, and invited her to perform at monthly meetings for small community organizations.
But it wasn’t until she joined Ray of Hope Christian Church in 1999 that she found herself on stage acting again. Her passion for drama led her to join the Parable Players drama ministry where she also wrote and directed her first full-length play titled Won’t He Do It. After a few years of acting, writing and directing plays she became co-chair of the ministry.
While there she connected with other members of the church who worked in the media & entertainment industry for a living. She then joined the media ministry and found herself working with and being trained by industry notables Karen Graham, former anchor of FOX 5 Good Day Atlanta and Charis Harris, a former videographer for 11Alive News. As April’s training and knowledge grew she gained the confidence she needed to pursue outside opportunities in acting, voice-overs, writing and directing. Contributing works like the PSA Be a Quitter! Don’t Litter! campaign and many others.
In 2010 April birthed Speak Your Peace, a live poetry and music show held monthly at Kat’s Café in Atlanta. In the same year she was hired as a journalist for Urban Spice Magazine. This opportunity allowed her to meet and interview up and coming musicians like Damien Escobar, along with some of Atlanta’s elite such as Mayor Kasim Reed, and longtime activist Helene S. Mills. Two years later the International Library of Poetry published Who Am I, one of April’s earlier poems. She kicked off 2018 as the touring stage manager for Mark E. Swinton’s stage play Guess Who Showed Up At Dinner.
Her ambitions and volunteer work has given her the opportunity to travel to places like Sierra Leone, West Africa; Chennai, India; Paris, France, and Israel. April has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications from Full Sail University and is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Today, she continues to work as a freelance writer and filmmaker in constant, forward motion to realize her dreams as an entertainer.