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. Sean is an active member of the Broadway music community as a music director, vocal coach, accompanist, arranger-orchestrator & pit musician.
Recent work includes time as conductor of the Canadian premiere of The Color Purple (Spring 2019).
Upcoming work includes time as Assistant Conductor of anticipated MJ (Fall 2021) on Broadway, as well as Musical Supervisor of the Finnish Premiere of COME FROM AWAY (Fall 2021).
In New York, Sean is also a proud music director within education circles with Disney Theatrical Group, The New York Pops and New York City Center.
As a vocal & instrumental orchestrator & arranger, his work has been performed by ensembles across North America & Europe.
Sean is Part-Time Professor of Musical Theatre at Sheridan College, and teaches adjunct theatre at various musical theatre universities and colleges. As an author, Sean 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).