Jeff Swearingen

Faces of FIT: Jeff Swearingen

The next video in our series with 20 Faces of the Festival of Independent Theatres, featuring the playwright, actor and director.

published Monday, June 18, 2018


Dallas — To celebrate two decades of the Festival of Independent Theatres, the organization has launched a #MyFITStory campaign, and is highlighting the 20 Faces of FIT. These are 20 people, or groupings of people, who have made a significant impact on the festival—as the festival has had on them. Each made a video focused on their FIT story at a media day event on June 5.

TheaterJones is showcasing one of the Faces each day through the beginning of the festival, which runs July 13 to Aug. 4 at the Bath House Cultural Center. The videos were shot by FIT.

Next up: Jeff Swearingen.

Swearingen made his FIT debut with a group called Audacity Productions (which later changed to Audacity Theatre Lab) in 2003. The show was Mac Wellman's Cleveland. Since then, he counts more than a dozen FIT shows that has been involved with, as actor, director, playwright or behind the scenes, and that includes improv in the FIT underground series.

"[The difference] was like night and day from before I did FIT and after I did FIT," he says, because of the number of directors, artistic directors and actors involved each year, who see all of the other shows.

His breakout was no doubt ub Matt Lyle's silent-film-on-stage The Boxer, which has become local legend. First presented in 2007 by Bootstraps Comedy Theater, it made a 10-year anniversary return in 2017; both times with Swearingen in the title role.

Swearingen eventually co-founded the great Fun House Theatre and Film, where he wrote dozens of plays for youth performers, including the hilarious Stiff (not to be confused with Sherry Jo Ward's Stiff) which was, this year, performed off-Broadway. Swearingen also wrote the 2017 FIT entry performed by Fun House spin-off The Basement, a Trump-era satire called The Caveman Play.

He's not in the 2018 festival, but you can bet he won't stay away from FIT for too long.

In the video above, stick with it until end to see him being, well, very Jeff Swearingen.


» The shows in the 2018 Festival of Independent Theatres and a grid schedule are below. You can read descriptions here.

Camp Death ProductionsJimmy Pine by Ben Schroth

Danielle Georgiou Dance GroupJust Girly Things by Danielle Georgiou, Justin Locklear, Ruben Carrazana, Trey Pendergrass and Cory Kosel

Eccentric Bear ProductionsThe Book of Gabe by Isaac Young

Echo Theatre: Bible Women by Elizabeth Swados and Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

Imprint Theatreworks: Suckers by Devin Berg

Laughter League: Where Do I Sit? by Dick Monday

Prism Movement TheaterBruNO and lOUIe by Jeffrey Colangelo

WingSpan Theatre Company: Landscape by Harold Pinter




The 20th Festival of Independent Theatres

July 13- August 4, 2018

Bath House Cultural Center,

521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas

Tickets and passes go on sale in late June

Call 800-617-6904 or visit

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