April Nash is an (award-winning) designer and illustrator for
Orchard Toys Ltd.
April was born in 1989 and spent her early years in Essex with her mother and younger sister (the accent didn’t stick.) She was always found with her nose in a comic book or furiously drawing pictures like there was no tomorrow.
April always did well in art and design subjects (and was on the gifted and talented register because of it) and decided to go to DeMontfort University to study Graphic Design and illustration in 2006. During her studies she decided to really focus on personal storytelling and narrative art forms, mostly in embarrassing autobiographical/diary comics (that she has recently been updating - check out the archives). After completing her degree (with a 2:1) and a couple of years working in schools she landed a position at Orchard Toys Ltd where she currently designs, develops and illustrates games and jigsaws for the under sevens with a lovely team of people. This year her product Superhero Lotto won the gold Bizziebaby award. She has illustrated for numerous companies on a variety of projects most recently for The East End Women’s Museum and Keith Harvey’s latest Tiberius Book; Tiberius and the Christmas Party.
April doesn’t like sleep so if she's not trying to find time to draw comics she's either working, freelancing, rehearsing or playing D&D.
Between doodling (and not sleeping) she can often be seen on different Norwich stages performing in a variety of musicals. She is the proud co-founder and joint creative director of The multi-award winning Sound Ideas Theatre Company. Roles have included: Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (CSODs); Louise in Ghost (Sound Ideas); Dora Bailey in Singing in the Rain (Sound Ideas); Shirley in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Sound Ideas); Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (Sound Ideas); Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Sound Ideas); The Bakers Wife (Sound Ideas); Little Becky Two-shoes in Urinetown (Sound Ideas); Kate Monster in Avenue Q (Threshold Theatre Co); Girl #2 in I Love you, you’re perfect. Now Change! (Mixed Voice); Oolie/Donna in City of Angels (Threshold Theatre Co); Julia Sullivan in The Wedding Singer (Threshold Theatre Co); Girl #1 in Rent (Mixed Voice) New Employee in 9 to 5 the Musical (Threshold Theatre Co); Liz in Billy Liar (Westacre Theatre Co); Kit Kat Dancer in Cabaret (Westacre Theatre Co); Urchin in Little Shop of Horrors (Westacre Theatre Co); Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Westacre Theatre Co) in a wide variety of concerts/singing appearances and choirs. Most memorably being the self-produced bar show Songs in the Wrong Order (Sound Ideas) and This is a Concert (Sound Ideas)
April is also a vocal recording artist and session singer for Dave Wall Productions; there are three lullaby albums for The Early Learning Centre available somewhere on iTunes.
She lives in Norwich where she once painted a dragon.
All images © 2012 - 2018 April Nash unless otherwise stated.