BIO



ABOUT SEAN


Sean Mayes is a New York & Toronto-based music director, conductor, educator, and academic. As a music director & conductor, his work has involved productions in theatres and on stages across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.


Within the Broadway community, Mr Mayes is Associate Music Director of the Tony-award winning musical HADESTOWN, as well as Assistant Conductor of the new anticipated musical, MJ. Mr Mayes was also recently Musical Supervisor of the Finnish Premiere of COME FROM AWAY (January 2022). In Spring 2019, Mr Mayes served as Conductor & Music Director of the Canadian Regional Premiere of The Color Purple.


As an orchestrator & arranger, his work has been performed by musicians & ensembles across North America & Europe through genres ranging anywhere between pops to classical to theatre. As Music Director for Tony-award winning legend André De Shields, Mayes’ orchestrations and arrangements will be featured in De Shields’ anticipated return to the city of Baltimore in concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in December 2021.


Mr Mayes is currently Director of Music at the Fourth Universalist Society in NYC, where he oversees and supervises the rich musical life of one of the most active multi-faith congregations in the city with a rotation of some of the best musicians New York City has to offer.

 


Mr Mayes is Part-Time Professor of Musical Theatre at Sheridan College in Canada, and has taught as a guest theatre instructor at various musical theatre institutions, including the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Marymount College Manhattan, and the Guildford School of Acting, UK. His work in scholarship has arrived at numerous academic conferences for various organizations, not limited to the Association For Theatre In Higher Education, the Forum on Theatre Education and the Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance


Mr Mayes’ leading writing and scholarship is uniquely attuned to the current conversation of unpacking systemic issues surrounding representation in theatre. Mr Mayes is a published author on the role of Black music directors and minoritized artists on Broadway (Reframing the Musical, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and on the retracing of Black practitioners through British musical theatre history (An Inconvenient Black History of British Musical Theatre, Bloomsbury, 2021). 


Mr Mayes holds degrees in music, education & music direction from McGill University and the University of Surrey, UK.