Katie swimm, PhD
Katie Swimm has been active in community, regional, and university theatre for over twenty years as a director, actor, educator, and scholar. She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University, an MA in Literature at Northwestern, and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University. Her areas of expertise include theatre and mental illness, the performance of faith, politics as performance, and community-based theatre practice, and she's presented work on these topics at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and at the Mid-America Theatre Conference. At Tufts she has taught introductory and advanced acting classes, assisted in voice and speech courses, and courses on theatre history, theatre pedagogy, and professional development.
As a practitioner, Katie has directed, produced, and performed in numerous productions in Boston and Chicago, in regional, community, and academic settings. Directing credits in Boston include Into the Woods and Rent at Tufts University. At The Footlight Club: Big: The Musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Our Town, Legally Blonde, a digital adaptation of The Woman in White (DASH Award, Excellence in Adaptation and Direction), and her own adaptation of The Doll's House. At Vokes Players, she has directed Peter and the Starcatcher (DASH Nomination, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Production) and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. She is also a vocalist in the Nasty Women Sing ensemble, and has appeared locally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Bat Boy at The Footlight Club. In Chicago, she was Managing Director for Greasy Joan &Co., and produced numerous productions with the company including the Jeff Award Nominated The Misanthrope.
When not involved in theatre making, Katie is the Associate Director of Academic Support at the Tufts University Student Accessibility and Academic Resource Center, where she oversees the Academic Coaching and Subject Tutoring Programs.