Sean Mayes is a New York & Toronto-based music director, conductor, and academic. His work has involved productions across Canada, as well as in theatres across the United States and the United Kingdom.
Within the Broadway community, Mr Mayes is Associate Music Director of the Tony award winning musical HADESTOWN, as well as upcoming Assistant Conductor of anticipated MJ (Fall 2021). Other recent work includes time as Musical Supervisor of the Finnish Premiere of COME FROM AWAY (Winter 2022). In Spring 2019, Sean was Music Director and Conductor of the Canadian Premiere of The Color Purple.
Mayes' orchestrations and arrangements have been performed by musicians & ensembles across North America & Europe. As Music Director for Tony-award winning legend André De Shields, Mayes’ orchestrations and arrangements will be featured in De Shields’ anticipated return to Baltimore in concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in December 2021.
Mayes is Part-Time Professor of Musical Theatre at Sheridan College, and teaches adjunct theatre at various musical theatre universities and colleges. As an author, he has published on the role of Black music directors on Broadway (Reframing the Musical, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and the retracing of Black practitioners through British musical theatre history (An Inconvenient Black History of British Musical Theatre, Bloomsbury, 2021).