ELIZABETH  SWANSON

Theater  Director

elizabethswanson731@gmail.com


DIRECTING CREDITS

HEAD OVER HEELS | Kokandy Productions | 2019

Conceived & Original Book by Jeff Whitty, Adapted by James Magruder, Songs by The Go-Gos

Based Upon The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney | Co-directed with Derek Van Barham | Jeff Recommended

I KNOW MY OWN HEART | Pride Films & Plays | 2019

Written by Emma Donoghue | Jeff Nominated for Performer in a Principal Role – Vahishta Vafadari (Anne Lister)

HILDEGARD: AN UNFINISHED REVOLUTION – IN DEVELOPMENT

Written by Ethan Krupp & Davyd Reddyk

Act One presented at the Chicago Fringe Festival | 2018

Reading of both acts presented at Prop Thtr | 2019

Ten-day development residency at Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts | 2019

Live album recording at Sleeping Village | 2019

*Sponsored by a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events


HARVEY | Three Brothers Theater | 2018

Written by Mary Chase


WHERE ALL THE WHITE SNEAKERS AT | Second City | 2017

A Sketch Review Written by Devin Middleton


LUNGS | Granary Theatre, Cork | 2015

Written by Duncan Macmillan

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTING CREDITS

FUN HOME by Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori | Dir. Gary Griffin | Victory Gardens Theater | 2017

LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST | Dir. Marti Maraden | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | 2017

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS TWELFTH NIGHT | Dir. Kirsten Kelly | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | 2016

SHORT SHAKESPEARE! TWELFTH NIGHT | Dir. Kirsten Kelly | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | 2016

A WORK OF ART by Elaine Romero | Dir. Henry Godinez | Chicago Dramatists | 2015

VARDO | Dir. Louise Lowe | ANU Productions | Dublin Theatre Festival | 2014

 

WORKSHOPS, READINGS & FESTIVALS

THREE by Celeste Burns | arciTEXT 19: Forbidden Fruit | Arc Theatre | 2019

TINY THIN WOMAN INSIDE by Courtney Meaker | Babes on Stage Festival | About Face Theatre | 2018

TRUMP RALLY by Sean Pollock | Documentary Play Festival | Waltzing Mechanics | 2018

WHO ARE YOU? by Lena Wilson | History Lezons Festival | Pride Films & Plays | 2018

THE THANKSGIVING CIRCUMCISION by Ethan Krupp & Davyd Reddyk | 2017

I, HUMAN by E.M. Lewis | Paragon Festival | Otherworld Theatre | 2017

JARRED by Eileen Campbell | Artemisia Fall Festival | 2017

ONE DAY AT A TIME by Noelle Hedges-Goettl | Chicago Theatre Marathon | 2017

REMAINDERS by Eileen Tull | Jadesmash: A Ferocious Staged Reading Series | The Jades | 2017

SCORCH by Stacey Gregg | Irish Theatre of Chicago | 2017

The Artist’s Lab | Stage 773 | 2016

Directed an ensemble and writers room to create four original sketch shows:

MURDER, THEY WROTE | STOP THE INSANITY: A LOW FAT MURDER MYSTERY

TRICK OR TRUMP | SKETCHFEST: VOLUNTEER COMEDIANS

RESTORE by Jordan Ramirez Puckett | Three Brothers Theater | Waukegan Theater Festival | 2016

KOALAS by J. Joseph Cox | Saturday Series Reading | Chicago Dramatists | 2016

JEWELER’S BUILDING by Will Fancher | Big Shoulders Festival | American Theater Company | 2015

 

EDUCATION

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

MFA in Theatre Directing

Princeton University

BA in History with a Certificate in Theatre*

*Awarded Princeton Musical Theatre Lab Grant, Francis LeMoyne Page Award, and Outstanding