CSF Summer Series: Howard Swain
This summer, we present a weekly series of videos featuring the artists you know and love from past Shakespeare Festival seasons. In this episode, Howard Swain gives Gratiano from “The Merchant of Venice” some irreverent flair.
Swain is a Bay Area actor with theatre credits that span coast to coast as well as television and film. CSF credits include “Wittenberg,” “Henry V,” “Henry IV, Part 1,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “Troilus and Cressida” and “Cymbeline.” He has worked on the national tours of “Picasso At The Lapin Agile” and “Love, Janis.” He has also performed at West Edge Opera in Phillip Glass’ “Hydrogen Jukebox,” Laguna Beach Playhouse and off-Broadway at The New York Theatre Workshop. Bay Area credits include American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre, San Jose Stage, Magic Theatre, Overtone Theatre, Theatre-On-the-Square, TheatreFirst, Symmetry Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Word For Word, SF Playhouse, Center REPertory Company, Intersection, Playground and Marin Theatre Company as well as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Marin Shakespeare Festival and California Shakespeare Festival. His television and film credits include Nash Bridges, Midnight Caller, Partners In Crime, Kiss Shot, Bed of Lies, Hill St. Blues, Cherry 2000, Miracle Mile, Metro, Dog and the Dogma, Bartleby, Golden Gate, Just One Night, Teknolust, Frameup, Night of the Scarecrow, Valley of the Heart’s Delight and Smoke And Mirrors.