Guy Van Swearingen

Guy Van Swearingen is a founding member, the founding Artistic Director and a member of the Board of Directors - previously the Secretary and Vice-President - of A Red Orchid. He has participated in nearly every production in some capacity, directing The Physicists and Brett Neveu's 4 Murders and appearing in many productions, including 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, The Opponent, Red Handed Otter, The Nether, and Traitor.

When not at A Red Orchid Theatre, Guy has also appeared at American Contemporary Theatre (ACT), the Goodman, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Plasticene and Seattle Repertory. Guy has also worked on many films and television shows, including the films, Public Enemies, The Weatherman, and Ali and the television shows, Chicago Fire (NBC), Boss (STARZ), and Sirens (USA). He is native to Chicago and has attended Truman College, Northeastern Illinois University, and Loyola University Chicago, as well as is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and IAFF. Guy recently retired from his full-time career as a Firefighter for the City of Chicago on Truck 26, where he proudly served the West Garfield Park Neighborhood.