Guy Van Swearingen

Guy Van Swearingen is a founding member, the founding Artistic Director and a Board Member of A Red Orchid.

He has appeared in over a dozen AROT productions, including The Moors, Traitor, The Nether, Red Handed Otter, The Opponent (which was also produced at 59E59 in NYC), The Sea Horse (Jeff Nomination), Simpatico (Jeff Nomination), Gagarin Way, Bug, The Cut, The Killer, The Removalists, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Canus Loonis Balloonis, The Questioning of Nick, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Seven Stories, Victims of Duty (both productions), Cops, and The Connection. He also directed The Physicists and 4 Murders. 

Regional credits include Sweat at Huntington Theatre, Simpatico at the McCarter Theatre, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at the Goodman Theatre, the World Premiere of Taking Care and a revival of The Time of Your Life at Steppenwolf (which transferred to Seattle Rep and A.C.T.), and Eleven Rooms of Proust (a Lookingglass/About Face/Goodman Theatre collaboration). Other local theatres he’s appeared with include Defiant, Plasticene, Famous Door and Mary Arrchie.  Film credits include Captive State, The Dilemma, The Merry Gentleman, Take Shelter, Public Enemies, The Weatherman, Ali, Janie Jones and The Unborn. TV credits include Power Book IV: FORCE (STARZ), Fargo (FX), Chicago Fire (NBC), Boss (STARZ), Sirens (USA), Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC), Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (TNT), The Beast (A&E), Turks and Early Edition (CBS). 

Guy is native to Chicago and has attended Truman College, Northeastern Illinois University, and Loyola University Chicago. He is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and IAFF. Guy is a retired Firefighter for the City of Chicago, where he proudly served the West Garfield Park Neighborhood full-time on Truck 26.