An accomplished director and creator of new work, Sean was most recently the Artist-At-Large at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, where he received national attention for the Cohort Club, a program designed to better engage audience members with the work on stage. Sean succeeds Charles Towers, who led the company for 14 years and firmly established the MRT’s reputation for producing high quality, compelling new plays, and regional premieres.
Sean was named “One of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America's stages for decades to come." and “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine.
Sean previously spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including 5 Humana Festivals). He was also Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta.
“I’m honored and beyond thrilled to be asked to join the fantastic staff, board, and audiences of Merrimack Repertory Theatre,” says Sean. “It is rare today to find a theatre where the patrons, staff and community are dedicated to telling great stories by contemporary playwrights all season long. When you come across that type kind of commitment to new voices, you consider yourself lucky to get to be a part of it. I truly believe MRT is prepped for growth and about to become one of the leaders in new play production in the country. Charles has done an amazing job of building this theatre to what it is today, and I’m humbled to take the baton from him and attempt to take us to the next level.
“I plan to bring the nationally-recognized audience engagement programs I created at Geva to MRT, along with the internationally-recognized artists that I’ve been working with. I’m equally inspired by the opportunity to get to work with the top notch artists living in the Boston area, and make sure MRT serves as an artistic home for them as well.
“As the third largest LORT theatre in the Boston area, it’s time for us to shed the compliment of ‘Best Kept Secret In The Area’, and continue the trend started by the A.R.T. and Huntington that the most exciting work in the country is coming out of this area.”
Sean will partner with Executive Director Elizabeth Kegley to lead MRT into the next phase of the 36 year-old company’s future. Sean will select the slate of plays for each season and oversee their production, including working with directors, designers, and the theatre’s production staff. Kegley will continue to oversee all administrative and financial aspects of the company.
Sean will begin working with MRT staff immediately to plan the 2015-16 Season. Several events are being planned throughout the spring to introduce Sean to audiences and the community and his full-time, onsite presence will begin on July 15, 2015.