The Company

Swandive Theatre is a design focused theatre company founded in 2005 by Meg DiSciorio and Damon Runnals. 
Utilizing an "inside out" process that involves all artists working on a production (designers, actors, production team members) from the very beginning, we create wholly realized and intricately designed theatrical productions that audiences have called "magical", "transformative", and "dazzling".



Meg DiSciorio- Founder Co-Artistic Director
Meg is a native New Yorker who earned a BA in theatre arts from Hartwick College. She moved to Minneapolis in 2004 after working in several regional theaters both on the East coast and the midwest. She started as an actor and stage carpenter and has gradually made her way to director and producer. She co-directed Swandive's Defying Gravity, An Outopia for Pigeons, and Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) and has developed the annual playreading series Veggie Stock Theater.

Damon Runnals- Founder Co-Artistic Director
Damon hails from Massachusetts and received his BA in theatre arts from Hartwick College a year after Meg. He founded Swandive Theatre, with Meg, in 2005 and has directed the majority of the productions. Currently he is the executive director of The Southern Theater and is the brain,, and driving force behind their ARTshare program. For more info ARTshare info click here.

Bryan Grosso - Social Media Super Star / Workshop Wizard                                   Bryan joined the Swandive team in 2014 and completes the east coast trifecta having grown up in New Jersey. He eared his degree in Theatre Performance from Augsburg college in Minneapolis and studied with Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philly, PA. Bryan continually works as an actor around town, recently understudying the role of Alex in the one-man show 'Buyer and Cellar' at Hennepin Theatre Trust. For Swandive Bryan has performed in Complete Works..., An Outopia for Pigeons, Defying Gravity and participated in numerous Veggie Stock readings. 

Justing Maxwell - Resident Playwright                                                                 Justin is an assistant professor at the University of New Orleans, where he teaches playwriting in their MFA program. Justin's An Outopia for Pigeons premiered at Swandive in 2013 and has received a numerous regional productions and premiers. Justin recently published a play in the literary journal Eleven Eleven, and his prose has appeared in carious journals, including The Forth River, Contemporary Theatre Review, American Theatre Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books Minnesota History and others. Justin's new book of short plays, A Blinded Horse Dreams of Hippocampi and Other Plays published by Alligator Pear Publishing is now available on Amazon and Kindle. 


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Our Mission

Swandive Theatre crafts theatrical works that transport audiences to imaginative dreamscapes. We bridge the gap between tangible artists' talents and the minds' hidden realm of possibilities. For both artists and audiences alike, we bring unrealized creative potential to fruition.


Board of Directors

Kristine Ditmarson- Surgical Nurse, Park Nicollet Health Services

Bryan Grosso - School Outreach Program Coordinator, Bakken Museum

Meg DiSciorio

Damon Runnals