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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 storytelling, and after high school April moved across the country to attend film school at NYU. After college, April produced several films and plays including the Ovation Award-winning revival of Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Musical. April spent two years playing poker in Las Vegas before turning her focus to television writing.
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 writer on the FXX comedy YOU’RE THE WORST and an instructor at Script Anatomy, a TV writing workshop in Los Angeles.
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.