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 Theatre's 6 year history. Sean has worked as a professional actor in equity theatres 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 recently made his Off-Broadway debut at The New Victory Theatre in Times Square, New York with Caps for Sale: The Musical based on the beloved children's books after completing the national tour this fall. He simultaneously performed in Assassins (Giuseppe Zangara) and Heathers: The Musical (Mr. Kelly/Mr. Sawyer/Principal Gowen) both at The Eagle Theatre, Southern NJ's only year-round professional equity theatre. Previously, Sean appeared in Oliver! The Musical (Ensemble/Bill Sykes u/s) at Roundhouse Theatre presented by Adventure Theatre and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the 13th Annual Page to Stage Festival. Locally in Baltimore, Sean has worked with The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Iron Crow Theatre and with the Charm City Fringe Festival. Beyond Baltimore, Sean has performed with The Eagle Theatre in their productions of Footloose, The Civil War and as Rapunzel's Prince/Milky White in their 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.
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 theatre 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 Sean leads the theatre department at The Jemicy School, a private high school in Owings Mills, Maryland 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 learners capacity to think critically and solve problems creatively. With a background in theatre education for community development, all of Sean's lessons aim to promote an increase in the learners 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 B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of the Arts and an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.