Laila Swanson has been the Assistant Professor in Costume Design and Set Design at Swarthmore College since 2009, and she is also the faculty designer for Production Ensemble.
She previously taught classes in Costume and Set Design at Arcadia University, and has been designing sets and costumes for a number of productions in Scandinavia as well as in the US. Her most recent collaborations include the costume design for Dead Man's Cellphone by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jill Harrison for Simpatico Theatre Project in Philadelphia and the set design for Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Senior Company 2010/11 for Swarthmore College Department of Theater.
Laila was the Costume Shop Supervisor for the Department of Theater and Dance Department at Swarthmore College in 2005-2009, and is a long standing member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) as both costume designer and scenic artist. Her work as scenic artist includes the movies of M Night Shyamalan and other films made in Philadelphia.
She received an MFA in Set Design with a minor in Costume Design from Temple University in 1994.