Guy Van Swearingen

Guy is a founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre and a native to Chicago. He received his elementary and high school education though the Chicago Public School system, and he has attended Truman College, Northeastern Illinois University, and Loyola University Chicago. Guy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and IAFF.

Guy was the founding Artistic Director of A Red Orchid and has participated in every production in some capacity. Directing credits for A Red Orchid include The Physicists and Brett Neveu’s 4 Murders. He has appeared in The Connection, Cops, Victims of Duty, Seven Stories, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Questioning of Nick, Canus Loonis Balloonis, Tis’ Pity She’s a Whore, The Removalists, The Killer, The Cut, Bug, Gagarin Way, The Sea Horse, and The Nether.

Elsewhere, Guy has appeared at American Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Plasticene, Seattle Repertory, and Steppenwolf Theatre.

Guy has a full time career as a Firefighter for the City of Chicago on Truck 26 proudly serving the West Garfield Park Neighborhood.


MacArthur Award 2016

Posted on March 21, 2016

  As many of you have heard, A Red Orchid Theatre has been named one of the 14 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.  We …

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Professional Development Series

A Red Orchid Theatre Professional Development: **This class is now full. Please check back for upcoming offerings and if you would like to be added to our contact list to …

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