Growing up in a sleepy beach suburb of Los Angeles, April Shih entertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms.

This penchant for making shit up eventually turned into a passion for filmmaking, and after high school April headed across the country to attend film school at NYU. After college, April worked in the indie film and theater world, wearing almost every hat imaginable including editing actors reels, serving as a proxy for James Franco in his classes UCLA, and producing the Ovation Award-winning revival of Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Musical.

After one odd-job too many, April decided to Eat Pray Love her way to Las Vegas for some soul searching. What was supposed to be a weekend trip ended up being a two year stay during which she played poker for a living. At the tables, April utilized her storytelling skills in other ways: every player is a character and every hand is a story.

After turning her focus back to writing, April went back to school and earned a degree in Playwriting at Cal State Northridge. In 2017, April was selected into the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Story Lab, the inaugural Film Independent Episodic Lab, and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. She is currently a staff writer on the FXX comedy YOU’RE THE WORST. When she’s not writing, April is most likely day-drinking whiskey or binging television with her three cats.

April is represented by Josh Hornstock and Alyssa Lanz at UTA.

 

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