Aprill Winney was born and raised in the Sequoia National Forest. It was there, living in an isolated world of books and trees, that she fell in love with storytelling. Aprill then attended UCSD where she earned her Bachelors degree in Theatre. Upon graduation she moved to Chicago to work its thriving theatre scene. Her four years in professional theatre taught Aprill a lot of valuable skills in storytelling and live performance. But, after being invited to direct part of a women’s feature film collaboration, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a new dream.
For the last eleven years Aprill has lived in Los Angeles where she has worked as both a script supervisor and director. Her script supervising credits include great shows such as Arrested Development (Netflix), Family Tree (HBO), and The Fosters (Freeform). After a season and a half on The Fosters, the producers gave Aprill the opportunity to direct an episode of the show. She directed her first episode in October 2014. Then they gave her another episode in April of 2015, a third in June of 2016 and a forth coming up in April 2017.
In addition to those three Fosters episodes, Aprill has also directed four episodes of the Amazon show Just Add Magic (2016), two feature films; The David Dance (2009) which held a limited theatrical release, and Counting Backwards (2006) which had great festival success and distribution. She has also directed three webseries; Get Busy, Rock Hopper Nation, and Girls United (Freeform).
Aprill was recently selected as a participant in the ABC/Disney Emerging Directors Program. As part of the program, Aprill will shadow on director Zetna Fuentez on an episodes of Grey’s Anatomy in February 2017.
Aprill lives in Topanga Canyon where she balances out the Hollywood energy with the sights, sounds, and smells of nature and the love of her family.