Sean Pollock (he/they) is a writer, director, designer, teaching artist, creative producer and sometimes performer. He is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in Theatre and Writing and has studied at the National Theatre Institute. He’s originally from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, but has lived in four different states and currently resides in NYC.
As a playwright, Sean’s plays are known to be experimental with elements of black humor. His plays have been performed in Philadelphia, Chicago, and NYC. Some of them include American Juggalo (HERE Arts Center, The New Ohio and Vital Joint, NYC), This Is A Play About Newscasters (Kraine Theatre, NYC and Prop Thtr, Chicago), Trump Rally (Off-Broadway and Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago). He has had residencies at Porterspace in Brooklyn and at Rising Sun Performance Company’s Artist Residency on Governor’s Island. He is currently being commissioned by Montag Press and American Lore Theatre for two new plays.
As a stage director he is known for creating immersive and site specific experiences, and work in the horror and science fiction genres. In addition to directing, he has also been known to design costumes for several of these productions. Some highlights include the US college premiere of Carrie The Musical, his concert staging of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant at 54 Below and Greenroom 42 featured children talent from Broadway and Off-Broadway, Phantom Of The Paradise (Secret Loft), as well as the first NYC revivals of The Weird (The Brick) and Hazelwood Jr High (Mayday Space). His co-directed production of I’m Smiling Because I’m Uncomfortable, a site specific solo play about binge-eating disorders and queerness toured in Maine, Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and the San Diego Fringe (Winner: Best Site Specific Performance). He has trained at Directors Lab North, Directors Lab West and Directors Lab Chicago.
As a producer/curator, he founded the Macabre Theatre Ensemble at Ithaca College, a performing arts organization dedicated to horror, science fiction, and experimental theatre. He has also curated three site specific festival experiences on the streets of Wall Street (co produced with After School Special), in a laundromat with The Motor Company and an almost 24-hour play festival through Midtown East. He is the co-founder of Unattended Baggage Company and in collaboration with Section 175, co produced The Hersey Machine at HERE Arts Center.
As a performer, Sean has acted in web series The Skeleton Crew (forthcoming), as himself autobiographical site specific sleepover experience, The Bed Show (Philadelphia Theatre Week and NYC engagements) the short film Sneeze Louise which premiered in Baltimore Comedy Festival's 1st Sketchfest, and can briefly be seen in St. Vincent’s Fast Slow Disco (emphasis on briefly).
As a screenwriter he has written for the digital series Sexy Nerd Stuff with Noah Sterling (creator of Marvel TL;DR on Marvel) and for the web series Downward Mobility. He studied TV Writing with Ethan T. Berlin at Good Good Comedy.
As a teaching artist he has taught at 82nd St. Academics, Wingspan Arts, Theatre Horizon and worked as substitute teacher for the public school district of Philadelphia.
He also enjoys collaging, photography, reading graphic novels and long walks to no where in particular.