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, advisor for Senior Company and Co-Chair of Productions.
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 recent costume designs at Swarthmore College include A Bright Room Called Day and The Royal Singer, both directed by Elizabeth Stevens, and Dublin by Lamplight, directed by Alex Torra. Off-campus collaborations include the costume designs for Henry IV – Your Prince and Mine for Shakespeare in Clark Park, directed by Alex Torra, Big Love for Temple University Theater, A Bright New Boise for Simpatico Theatre Project, both directed by Jill Harrison, and Funnyhouse of a Negro at Brown University, directed by Kym Moore.
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 1998-2001.
She received an MFA in Set Design with a minor in Costume Design from Temple University in 1994.