Alan E. Schwanke

Scenic Designer

Alan is a Chicago based Scenic Designer and Conceptual Artist.  Some of Alan’s favorite collaborations of note include Charm (Northlight Theatre & Steppenwolf Theatre - Chicago, IL) directed by BJ Jones, The Road to Mecca and Buried Child (Profile Theatre – Portland, OR) directed by Artistic Director Adriana Baer, The Conference of the Birds (Willamette University – Salem, OR) directed by Shana Cooper, the world premiere of Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (Portland Center Stage – Portland, OR) directed by Artistic Director Chris Coleman, the world premiere of Knute Rockne: All American (Theatre at the Center – Munster, IN) directed by David H. Bell, Willy Wonka The Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre – Chicago, IL) directed by Joe Leonardo, and Pippin (Northwestern University Theatre) directed by Dominic Missimi.  Additional theatre companies with which Alan has collaborated include Artists Laboratory Theatre (Fayetteville, AR), Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR), Bag&Baggage Productions (Hillsboro, OR), Broadway Rose Theatre (Tigard, OR), Chicago Fringe Opera (Chicago, IL), CoHo Theatre (Portland, OR), Lakewood Theatre Company (Lake Oswego, OR), Marriot Theatre (Lincolnshire, IL), Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), Oregon Cabaret (Ashland, OR), Poor Theater (Chicago, IL), Portland Playhouse (Portland, OR), Salem Repertory Theater (Salem, OR), Spokane Opera (Spokane, WA), TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR), and Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR).  Alan earned his MFA in Scenic Design at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and in 2008 was a participant in both the USITT Young Designer’s Forum as well as Ming Cho Lee’s Clambake Portfolio Review in New York City.

For a complete list of theaters and directors with which Alan has collaborated, please visit the "Resume" portion of this website.

To contact Alan regarding his design work, please visit the "Contact" portion of this website and send him a message.