Sean Donovan is an actor, dancer, writer, choreographer and director. He creates dance and theater performances often in collaboration with Sebastián Calderón Bentin. His most recent work, The Reception, premiered in 2017 at HERE Arts Center. His work has also been presented at JACK (NYC), Incubator Arts Project (NYC), FAE Festival in Panama, Stanford University (CA), and New York University (NYC).
Sean was nominated in 2014 and again in 2017 for a BESSIE award for Outstanding Performer for his work with several artists over the past decade. He’s worked with Faye Driscoll, Miguel Gutierrez, Jane Comfort, The Builders Association, Witness Relocation, Jennie Marytai Liu, John Jesurun, and many others. In New York, he has performed at such places as BAM, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYLA, La MaMa E.T.C., The Chocolate Factory, and others. Recent credits include Thank You for Coming: PLAY at BAM Fisher and national tour, Thank You For Coming: Attendance at Danspace Project and an international tour, Age & Beauty Part 2 at NYLA, and House/Divided at BAM (NY) along with a national tour.
In 2018 he co-wrote Morning Chardonnay, a new web series with Hannah Heller. Other film and television credits include Feast of the Epiphany (2018) directed by Jeff Reichert, Laurence (2015) directed by Stephen Kellam, and others. He has also danced in multiple music videos.
He received his BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing. He has trained and performed internationally in France, Holland, Romania, Poland, Russia, Panama, Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Thailand and Japan working with the highly acclaimed Ildi! Eldi of France and Sankai Juku Butoh company of Japan. He has also performed at theaters and universities throughout the U.S. He is currently creating a new theater piece, Cabin to premiere in May 2019 at The Bushwick Starr.
For more info on Sean’s collaborations with Sebastian Calderon-Bentin, please visit donovanandcalderon.org.
photo by Maria Baranova
CABIN is the reconstruction of a memory. It is the story of three queer men who move from Brooklyn to a cabin in upstate New York. Part theater, dance, film, and live music, CABIN explores the complexities of queer desire and intimacy, and the lines between biography and fiction. It is a story, but it is also about story itself, how story is told and how disparate forms of expression can serve in the evocation of the feelings and sensations of memory.
Written & Directed by Sean Donovan
Consulting Director: Stephen Brackett
Performers: Sean Donovan, Brandon and Washington, and Tyler Ashley
Video Designer: Austin Switser
Sound Designer: Dan Dobson
Composer: Heather Christian
Set Designer: Carolyn Mraz
Costume Designer: Wendy Yang
Lighting Designer: Amanda K. Ringger
Production Stage Manager: Randi Rivera
Producer: Sandra Garner, Lingua Franca Arts
May 22 – June 8, 2019
The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY
CABIN is supported in part by a commission from The Bushwick Starr as well as by The New York State Council on the Arts, The Brooklyn Arts Fund, The Bel Geddes Fund and through donations from a group of generous individuals. CABIN has been supported through residencies and work-in-progress performances in CUNY’s Prelude Festival, The North American Cultural Laboratory, NYU Skirball, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival as part of their Devised Theater Working Group.
May 22 – June 8, 2019
CABIN (world premiere)
The Bushwick Starr