Phil Swann's career in the entertainment industry has spanned more than 30-years as a composer, author, playwright, performer, and producer. A short list of his work includes:
• The hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool, Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new musical
• The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical (NOTE: The People vs. Friar Laurence is now published by Samuel French and was remounted in 2016 by The Second City and Steppenwolf theatre)
• DeLEARious, Garland Award winner for Best New Score
• In A Booth at Chasen's
• Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
• It Had To Be You
His latest work for the theatre, Neil Simon's Musical Fools (published by Samuel French), is a musical farce co-authored by Phil Swann, Ron West and Neil Simon.
Swann is the author of Cold War Copa and Mekong Delta Blues, the first two books in the Sideman Mysteries series. Other books by Swann include the thrillers The Song of Eleusis and The Mozart Conspiracy. The Mozart Conspiracy has achieved international success and is also published in Italian under the title, Il Codice Amadeus. Swann is currently working on the third book in the Sideman Mysteries series entitled, Tinsel Town Tango.
As a songwriter, Phil Swann's songs have been used in countless TV shows, movies, and have been recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Strickland, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Eamonn McCrystal and Lee Greenwood, to name only a few.
A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann's production credits include: Helen Slater, The Good Mad, The Sweet Potatoes, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, Dave Aguallo and Dan Nahmod. Solo projects by Swann include the critically acclaimed jazz recording, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars, and the pop EP, Age of Opportunity.
Phil Swann is a favorite speaker at organizations throughout the United States and Canada. His creative workshops have been embraced by The Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, ASCAP, and UCLA, where Swann teaches the art and craft of writing, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school's Music Production Program. Swann is also an advisor and adjunct professor at the Los Angeles College of Music.
Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Swann is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He now makes his home in Los Angeles, California.