Name: Janet Swenson

    Title: Adjunct Instructor

    Email: janet_swenson@byu.edu

    Division: Theatre Adjunct Faculty

    Profile: Professor Janet L. Swenson served as TMA Associate Chair, Chair of Design & Technology and resident Costume Designer for BYU’s Department of Theatre & Media Arts. During her 38 years on faculty at BYU, she designed over 250 productions, including musicals, operas, Shakespeare and film. For 20 years she has also designed for BYU’s international touring group, The Young Ambassadors. Professionally, Janet served 15 years as Resident Designer at Robert Redford’s Sundance Theatre, designed at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival for 19 seasons, and has spent her last 2 summers at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, designing Mary Poppins and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other professional credits include work at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PTTP at the University of Wisconsin, and the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee. She has also designed many summer seasons in Wyoming at both the Pink Garter Theatre and Jackson Hole Playhouse. Professor Swenson taught courses in costume design as well as supervising and teaching in the department’s extensive makeup program. She is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Award for Creativity in 1996. Janet’s most challenging project was designing and supervising construction of 2,500 costumes for the LDS Church’s production of Light of the World, which played to sold-out houses in the 21,000 seat Conference Center throughout the 2002 Olympics. She is a member of IATSE, AFTRA, USITT and the Utah Council of the Arts, and is the National Archivist for Theta Alpha Phi. She is currently teaching advanced makeup.


    BA, MA, Brigham Young University, 1969, 1974 MFA, University of Utah, 1992.

    Courses Taught

    • TMA 112 Collaboration, Research, and Visualization
    • TMA 267 Makeup 1
    • TMA 362 Costume Design 2
    • TMA 367 Makeup 2
    • TMA 369R Design & Technology
    • TMA 467 Makeup 3
    • TMA 567R Makeup Project
    • TMA 569R Design for Production
    • TMA 652R Costume Approches
    • TMA 658R Project: Assistant Design
    • TMA 659R Project: Design
    • TMA 698R Master’s Project


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