The Los Angeles Times runs a photo of a leaping UCLA Song Girl in mid-air, holding a pom pom in one hand and her college valedictory address in the other. The unsubtle message: she has pep and brains. The photo is silly - but her legs look good. She goes on to earn an M.A. in Foreign and Comparative Lit from the U. of Rochester and La Sorbonne.
April Dammann is a Hollywood native who came to prominence as a writer for television, film and theatre. She produced plays for Los Angeles stages, until turning to non-fiction with the release of her first book, "Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario" from Angel City Press. Her next book, also from Angel City Press: "Corita Kent. Art and Soul. The Biography." Biographies of Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin followed, published by Applewood/Benna Books.
Dammann is married to Ron Dammann, former President of Stendahl Galleries. After family life and careers in Hollywood, they now reside in a small town on the Mendocino coast of Northern California.

Other Works

  • A Short Biography of Pablo Picasso

  • A Short Biography of Auguste Rodin

  • Corita Kent. Art and Soul. The Biography.


Awards and Recognition

  • Writers Guild of America Award Nominations (two) in radio drama
  • L..A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award Nomination for "Best Musical," Producer
  • Moondance International Film Festival Sandcastle Award for Feature Screenplay
  • La Femme Film Festival Best Screenplay
  • Fellowship residencies at Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation
  • Historical Society of Southern California Research grants for "Exhibitionist."
  • "Exhibitionist" named to "Top Ten Books published in California in 2011" by David Kipen, former literary director of National Endowment for the Arts