Sean Elias serves the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Iron Crow Theatre and is a Tony Award nominated theatre educator and award-winning actor and director. Sean is the second Artistic Director and first Chief Executive Officer, in the Theatre's 8 year history. Under Sean's first year of leadership with Iron Crow Theatre the theatre has broken every record possible and ended its latest season, The Season of Dark Play with 34 awards and nominations, including Baltimore Magazine' Best of Baltimore. Sean has worked as a professional actor in equity theatres across the northeast including Off-Broadway at New York City's New Victory Theatre and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a director Sean most recently directed the award-winning and record-breaking productions of The Wild Party and The Rocky Horror Show for Iron Crow Theatre. Sean has also directed at the historic Theatre 80 and the Kaufman Music Center in NYC and has served as a teaching artist with the renowned Center Stage Theatre and within public and private schools, universities and community outreach programs. Currently, Sean simultaneously serves as Head of Theatre at The Jemicy School and as a coach to organizational leaders, arts organizations and independent consultants.
As an actor, Sean 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 with Titus Burgess and the legendary Don't Tell Mama's.
As a director, Sean most recently directed The Wild Party and The Rocky Horror Show for Iron Crow Theatre - both productions receiving numerous awards and nominations including being named one of City Paper's Top 10 Productions of the Year (The Wild Party - #2). In addition, Sean has directed Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them for Iron Crow Theatre and 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 as Head of Theatre 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 served 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.