Debbie Swann graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in Theatre and English. From there, she earned her Master's in Theatre from Texas State University. She has trained in England at The Shakespeare Center, The Academy of Dramatic Art, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Before moving to Colorado, she taught, designed and directed theatre at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. Some of her favorite directing credits include Rumors, A Funny Thing...Forum, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tartuffe and Godspell. Debbie joined the CSU Theatre at Colorado State University in 2013 and teaches Shakespeare as well as Introduction to Theatre. In partnership with CSU and Kaiser Permanente, Debbie directed The Amazing Food Detective, which toured elementary schools around Northern Colorado. She will make her directing debut at CSU in Spring 2020 with How I Learned to Drive. In addition, Debbie is very involved with the Fort Collins theatre scene, especially OpenStage Theatre and Company. With OpenStage, Debbie directed Steel Magnolias and Bright Ideas and appeared in Spring Awakening (OpenStage OPUS Award), the Henry-nominated Don't Dress for Dinner, and Avenue Q. Debbie’s publication The Art of Entertainment: An Introduction to Theatre is the university’s adopted textbook for Introduction to Theatre classes.
Productions directed at CSU:
- How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel
TH 350 – Classical Text - Syllabus
TH 141 – Introduction to Theatre