Elizabeth Swanson

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Elizabeth’s work hones in on the psychological drama at the heart of each story.

Her current artistic focuses are chamber plays and musicals.

Current Projects

Hildegard: An Unfinished Revolution

A Live Album Recording at Sleeping Village

December 8, 2019

Tickets and more information HERE

Kokandy' Productions’ Head Over Heels

Performances July 1 - September 8, 2019, Theater Wit

Tickets and more information available HERE.


Recent Work

Hildegard: An Unfinished Revolution

Reading of latest draft at Prop Thtr

July 21, 2019

Three by Celeste Burns for arciTEXT 19: Forbidden Fruit

Performances March 24-26, 2019

I Know My Own Heart

Written by Emma Donoghue

Pride Films & Plays, January 10 - February 10, 2019



The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts at Trinity College, Dublin

M.F.A. in Theatre Directing

Princeton University

B.A. in History with a Certificate in Theatre

Elizabeth moved to Chicago in 2015 after completing an MFA in theatre directing at the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts at Trinity College, Dublin.

Recent directing credits include sketch comedy like Devin Middleton’s Where All the White Sneakers At? (Second City), chamber plays including Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs (Granary Theatre, Cork, Ireland) and Restore (Three Brothers Theater), and collaborations with Reddyk & Krupp (Hildegard, The Thanksgiving Circumcision).

She has also assistant directed at Chicago Dramatists (A Work of Art, dir. Henry Godinez), Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Love’s Labor’s Lost, dir. Marti Maraden), and Victory Gardens (Fun Home, Gary Griffin).



by Nick Payne

MFA thesis production| Lir National Academy for Dramatic Arts, Trinity College Dublin | 2014

Photo by: Keith Dixon


Directing Credits



I Know My Own Heart by Emma Donoghue

Pride Films & Plays



Hildegard: A New Musical by Ethan Krupp & Davyd Reddyk

With a Machete Productions | Chicago Fringe Festival

Harvey by Mary Chase

Three Brothers Theater



Where all the White Sneakers At? by Devin Middleton

Second City



Murder, They Wrote | Stop the Insanity: A Low Fat Murder Mystery | Trick or Trump | Sketchfest

The Artist’s Lab | Fall 2016 Cycle | Stage 773



Lungs by Duncan Macmillan

Granary Theatre | Cork, Ireland


Detailed Portfolio and Projects


Merrily We Roll Along

by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth

Princeton University Players, 2012

Photo by: Princeton University Players