As a Canadian music director holding experience in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, Sean brings a wealth of experience to the musical theatre scene as both a music director, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and performer.
Sean holds a Masters in Music Direction from the University of Surrey in England, graduating with Honours with Distinction from the Guildford School of Acting, one of the top respected conservatories in the United Kingdom.
Sean’s UK experience has included work with music team of the UK Tour of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Sean was also music director/supervisor and dramaturg on the creation of a one-hour musical adaptation of the recent West End musical, LOSERVILLE, in collaboration with the authors and licensors.
As an arranger & orchestrator, Sean's work has been played by and written for some of the top Pops Orchestras and musical theatre performers in North America.
Sean frequents between Broadway & Off-Broadway work in New York, as well as in Toronto, and is a sought out conductor, accompanist, vocal coach & pit musician for numerous musical theatre performances & performers in both countries.
Private study in conducting in musical theatre has included study with Jeffrey Huard, conductor of Kiss of the Spider Woman on Broadway.
Sean is a passionately active educator & coach with experience ranging through all ages, youth through adult, elemetary through college throughout Canada, the UK & the US. Sean is a proud Teaching Artist with the Disney Theatrical Group in New York City, as well as with The New York Pops and New York City Center.
As a native of Toronto, he has taught for years on Faculty with the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, a leading Toronto conservatory in musical theatre. Additionally, Sean has taught within the Short Courses and Foundation Training Programs at the University of Surrey within the Guildford School of Acting, and frequently guest teaches at Sheridan College's Music Theatre program in Toronto.
Sean holds degrees in both Music and Education from McGill University. He enjoys coaching both professional & upcoming professional artists privately in his vocal studio, as well as at studios and schools across North America.
Photo Credit: Julian Bruton
Sean’s extensive performance experience has allowed him the privilege of a balanced sensitivity to numerous styles.
A classically trained organist & pianist, Sean brings a variety of personality & depth as an organist, choral director and music director, and has served these roles in numerous churches & communities of different denominations for well over a decade.
Additionally, Sean has completed degrees in piano performance and is a trained vocalist in both classical voice & pop/musical theatre.
Author & Academic
In the world of academia, Sean enjoys a busy schedule, quickly establishing himself as an active writer attuned to the needs of practitioners and performers in publication.
Sean is an active presenter at conferences in musical theatre – select recent engagements including time in Las Vegas (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), New York (NYU Steinhardt, Forum on Theatre Education); and England (University of Sheffield, International Conference on Investigating Sources in Musical Theatre & University of York, Rethinking Approaches in Theatre in Media).
In addition to an active presentation schedule, Sean is passionate about writing on musical theatre dramaturgy & the role and history of the musical director both past and present. Recent work includes "Reframing the Musical", now available through publication via Red Globe Press & Macmillan International Higher Education.
Future collaboration includes work alongside Sarah Whitfield on "Black Performance Practice in British Musical Theatre: 1900-1950", through Bloomsbury Publishing in early 2021.