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.
Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario
Dammann profiles the life of her husband's gallerist grandfather, Earl Stendahl, the visionary twentieth century art dealer, who introduced modern art to the West Coast and put Pre-Columbian art on a worldwide map.
A Short Biography of Pablo Picasso2017
A Short Biography of Auguste Rodin2017
Corita Kent. Art and Soul. The Biography.2015
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