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April Webster, Casting Director

April Webster began her professional career in New York more than 25 years ago. She worked in all aspects of the theater: stage manager, performer, mask maker, carpenter, prop/wardrobe master, and house manager. She also has directed various classical and new plays in New York and Los Angeles.

In the late 1970s, April decided to move to Los Angeles to further pursue her career in the entertainment industry. She worked at the Mark Taper Forum as an assistant director and later became a stage manager and a casting associate with Gordon Hunt and Frank Bayer. One of her most memorable assignments was to help cast "Children of a Lesser God" and to work with the Deaf Audience Theater Encounter. When "Children" was performed in New York, April went there to assist the director Gordon Davidson.

Upon April's return to Los Angeles, she switched her focus to film and television. She worked at Francis Ford Coppola's L.A. Zoetrope Studios on such projects as Alan Parker's "Shoot the Moon" and worked for Ross Brown and Hank McCann on many projects, including the TV miniseries "The Day After," directed by Nicholas Meyer. Her next endeavor was a staff position at Universal Television, where she cast several pilots and series. She also worked with Michael McLean and Assoc. on several films and television movies and eventually opened her own offices.

As an independent casting director, April enjoys working on an eclectic mix of film, television, and theater projects that challenge and inspire her. In the film world, April has worked on the following projects: "2012," "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible III," "The Day After Tomorrow," and "The Patriot," among others. She received an Emmy nomination for HBO's "Grand Avenue." April is currently casting multiple television shows including "Lost" and "Fringe" for J.J. Abrams, "Criminal Minds," "Leverage," and Jerry Bruckheimer's new series, "Dark Blue."

She won an Emmy for casting "Lost" and the Hoyt Bowers Award for Excellence in Casting from the CSA. April has also received an Artios Award for the pilot casting of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Lost," two Media Access Awards for casting, and the first Dramalogue Award of casting for her work on Ezra Pound's "Elektra."

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