Leslie Swackhamer makes her San Francisco Opera debut with a production she has directed at Opera Omaha, Dayton Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Atlanta Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Vancouver Opera. She has staged works Seattle Rep, Stages Repertory Theatre, the Empty Space, Florida Studio Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, The Cherry Lane, American Conservatory Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, American Stage, Cleveland Public, Intiman Theatre, Brave New Works (Atlanta), and the Playwrights Center. On the opera stage, she has also directed for Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Carolina, and Opera in the Heights. Swackhamer serves on the faculties of Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, Cornish College for the Arts, and University of Southern California. She is the Executive Director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a founder of the Women Playwright’s Festival in Seattle, and past president of Theatre Puget Sound.