Ask Our Alumni: Sean Elias
Year: BFA ’08 (Musical Theater)
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Bio: Sean Elias is the newly appointed artistic director and chief executive officer of Iron Crow Theatre – the second artistic director and first chief executive officer in the theater's six-year history. Sean has worked as a professional actor in equity theaters across the northeast including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as a director at the historic Theatre 80 and the Kaufman Music Center in NYC, as an educator with the renowned Center Stage Theatre, as well as in public and private schools, universities and community outreach programs and as a coach to organizational leaders, arts organizations and independent consultants.
As an actor, Sean is currently performing in “Oliver! The Musical” (Ensemble/Bill Sykes u/s) at Roundhouse Theatre presented by Adventure Theatre. Previously, Sean performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in the 13th Annual Page to Stage Festival. Locally in Baltimore, Sean performed as Dogberry/Ursula/Balthazar in the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's production of “Much Ado About Nothing” and as Billy/Rory with Iron Crow Theatre in “The Homo Poe Show,” continuing with the production during its remounting in Philadelphia. Sean also performed as part of the Charm City Fringe Festival in “T Minus 5.” Beyond Baltimore, Sean has performed with the Eagle Theatre, Southern New Jersey's only year-round professional equity theater, in its productions of “Footloose,” “The Civil War” and as Rapunzel's Prince/Milky White in the production of “Into the Woods.” Sean also performed as Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with Pleasant Valley Theatre in New Jersey for which he received a Perry Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Previous professional credits include equity seasons at both the Forestburgh Playhouse in New York and the Weathervane Theatre in New Hampshire. Sean has also performed in various cabaret venues throughout New York City including the Duplex, the Underground and the legendary Don't Tell Mama's. Upcoming, Sean will embark on the national tour of the world premiere musical “Caps for Sale” where he will also make his Off-Broadway debut when the show sits down at the New Victory Theatre in Times Square, New York. Following, Sean will return to the Eagle Theatre in its productions of “Assassins” (Giuseppe Zangara) and “Heathers: The Musical” (Mr. Kelly/Mr. Sawyer/Principal Gowen).
As a director, Sean directed the limited engagement New York revival of “The Cradle Will Rock” by Marc Blitzstein at the historic Theatre 80. In addition, Sean was asked to direct one-act operatic and musical theater performances for Mannes College, the New School for Music at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. Sean has also directed for public and private high schools and middle schools throughout the northeast.
As an educator and starting this fall, Sean will head the theater department at the Jemicy School, a private high school in Owings Mills, Md., dedicated to students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Sean has worked as an educator in public and private school systems as well as with community outreach programs serving under privileged youth in urban settings. Sean also serves a resident teaching artist with Center Stage Theatre and as adjunct faculty for Towson University. In the classroom, Sean emphasizes project-based, experiential and interdisciplinary learning in hopes of expanding the learner’s capacity to think critically and solve problems creatively. With a background in theater education for community development, all of Sean's lessons aim to promote an increase in the learner’s civic engagement.
When not on stage, Sean serves as a coach and consultant to arts organizations such as the Chesapeake Arts Center and leaders from independent practices to Fortune 500 companies. Sean holds a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts and an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College.