Leslie Swackhamer

L. Swackhamer

Assistant Professor of Theatr

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(936) 294-1333
(936) 294-3898
UTC 112
Links (see below):

Houston Grand Opera
The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Stages Repertory Theatre

Professor Swackhamer is a Stage Director for theatre and opera with extensive experience in new play development as well as theatre administration. She is the Executive Director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a founder of the Women Playwright's Festival in Seattle, and past president of Theatre Puget Sound. She has held artistic leadership positions at The Cleveland Play House and ACT Theatre. Active professionally, theatres where her work has been produced include Southcoast Rep, Madison Rep, Seattle Rep, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space, Florida Studio Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, The Cherry Lane, ACT Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, American Stage, Cleveland Public, Intiman Theatre, Brave New Works (Atlanta), and The Playwrights Center. Opera companies include Vancouver Opera (Canada), Opera Carolina, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Madison Opera and Dayton Opera and Opera in the Heights. Guest artist and guest faculty member: Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas (Austin), University of Washington, Cornish College for the Arts, and University of Southern California. Professor Swackhamer holds an MFA in directing from the University of Washington, School of Drama. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers as well as Canadian Actor's Equity.


Laura Avery, D.M.A. | Craig Brossman, B.F.A. | Kevin Crouch, M.F.A. | Liz Freese, M.F.A.

Kristina S. Hanssen, M.F.A.  | Greg Graham, B.F.A.Penelope Hasekoester, M.F.A. | April Keith, M.F.A.  

Malcom Nichols, B.F.A. | Victoria Lantz, Ph.D. | Eric Marsh, M.F.A.

David McTier, Ph.D. | Thomas Prior, M.F.A. | Katie Stefaniak, B.F.A. 

William N. Thomas, B.F.A. | Paula Turner, B.A.

Pamela Vogel, M.F.A.


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