John Swanbeck

John Swanbeck

Directing Instructor

Professional Experience:

  • The Big Kahuna – Director
  • Marilyn – Director
  • Greek – Stage Director
  • The Force of Change – Stage Director
  • Antigone at the White House – Stage Director/Writer
  • Never the Sinner – Stage Director
  • All Kidding Aside – Stage Director
  • Love Game – Stage Director
  • The Love of a Good Man – Stage Director
  • Hospitality Suite – Stage Director
  • Magic Doors – Stage Director

Education & Background:

  • Master of Fine Arts – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Social Science – Northwestern University

John Swanbeck is an author, columnist, speaker, creator and publisher of CleverActorTips, Chief Creative Officer of BlueSwanFilms, and Producing Director of The Character Factory. He is a renowned director and teacher of actors, directed the existential comedy The Big Kahuna starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, and has packaged his best original cinematic techniques into the much acclaimed ebook for actors and directors, "How To Steal The Scene & End Up Playing The Lead", available on Amazon & iTunes. John also writes a monthly column for actors and directors on For more on John, to read a sample technique from the ebook, or to interact with John via social media visit

Courses Taught:

  • Directing Actors (F245)
  • Directing Actors: For Actors (F425B)
  • Directing 3 (F310)
  • Directing Comedy (F309)
  • Acting for the Camera (GH228)


  • Joseph Jefferson Award – Magic Doors – Best Director


  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)


  • John Swanbeck’s How to Steal the Scene & End Up Playing the Lead