Aaron Swenson

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Aaron initially came to Utah for the Music/Dance/Theatre Program at Brigham Young University. One year later—after a “mutually beneficial separation” from BYU—Aaron moved to Salt Lake where he took a short break from his studies to work as an instructor for Higher Ground Learning. The "short break" became indefinite as Aaron spent the next few years teaching and writing test preparation curricula, eventually becoming HGL's Director of Test Preparation and College Admissions. While still at Higher Ground, Aaron was also one of the original employees (and, eventually, Creative Director) of Spy Hop Productions, a Salt Lake-based not-for-profit multimedia education company.

Meanwhile, Aaron maintained his connection with theatre, serving on the Board of Directors for Utah Contemporary Theatre and enjoying a parallel career as a professional actor in and around Salt Lake City. After nearly a decade, Aaron committed to theatre again full-time when he became the Wardrobe Supervisor and Head of Costume Crafts for Pioneer Theatre Company.  During Aaron's first year at Pioneer, Penny Caywood--Artistic Director of Youth Theatre at the U--asked him to design costumes for their production of Nine Dragons. For the next eight seasons, Aaron continued to work in Wardrobe and Crafts for PTC and as a freelance costume designer; he also took this opportunity to finish his degree, earning a B.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Utah.

Upon graduation, Aaron moved into costumes and wardrobe for film and TV; first as Wardrobe Supervisor for The Disney Channel's Andi Mack, then on the acclaimed A24 horror film Hereditary (dir. Ari Aster), where he made  use of his hard-won expertise in getting fake blood out of real clothing. After two more seasons with Andi Mack, styling multiple commercials, and designing costumes for a streaming horror-comedy series, Aaron moved from The Disney Channel to Disney+ as Assistant Costume Designer for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. In early 2020, Aaron branched out into amateur baking and artisanal napping when COVID-19 shut down film and TV production, but found little satisfaction in either. He gladly admitted defeat a few months later when offered the chance to return to the U in his current position. Although he deeply misses his Disney family, Aaron is mostly thrilled to be back in the world of theatre where everything—oddly enough—makes much more sense.

Aaron has over two and a half decades of experience in professional and semiprofessional theatre, having worked as an actor, costume designer, crafts/props artisan, and wardrobe supervisor for multiple companies in and around Salt Lake, including Plan-B Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Pygmalion, Dark Horse Company Theatre, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, and Youth Theatre at the U.

In addition to his work for the Department of Theatre, Aaron is a freelance costume designer, stylist, actor, and writer, as well as the current Resident Graphic Designer for Plan-B Theatre.

Contact Info

  • Office Phone: 801-585-3816
  • Office: Price Theatre Arts Building, Room 101C