Growing up in a sleepy beach suburb of Los Angeles, April Shih entertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms.
This urge to make shit up turned into a passion for filmmaking, film school at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and then several years working in the indie film and theater world, wearing every hat imaginable. She edited actors reels, served as a proxy for James Franco in his classes at UCLA, and produced the Ovation Award-winning revival of Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Musical. Then she decided to Eat Pray Love her way to Las Vegas where she spent two years playing poker for a living.
Returning to writing in 2017, April graduated in Playwriting from Cal State Northridge and was soon selected by a whole pile of fellowships - the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Story Lab, the inaugural Film Independent Episodic Lab, and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. She was also a recipient of a Sundance Advancement Grant in support of her project TILTING. All of which led to her first job as staff writer on the FXX comedy You’re The Worst.
She has since written on Mrs America on FX, starring Cate Blanchett, and she’s currently writing on Amazon’s Undone, and developing a cable series with Larry Wilmore and The District for ABC Signature.