Seán Curran

Chairperson; Arts Professor

Sean Curran

Seán Curran’s career in the arts spans 30 years, beginning with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston. Curran is known for his performance work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, for which he was honored with a “Bessie” Award for his role in Secret Pastures, and as an original New York City cast member of STOMP! He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as at Sweden's Danstation Theatre and France's EXIT Festival.

Curran’s 30 dance works for his professional ensemble Seán Curran Company are characterized by collaborations across genres and have toured to nearly 100 venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Curran and the company’s artistic excellence have been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and numerous private foundations. The company recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a season as part of the BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival featuring live music by the Grammy award-winning ensemble, Third Coast Percussion.

A sought-after choreographer and director for opera and theatre, notable commercial projects for Curran include Salome (Opera Theatre of St. Louis, San Francisco Opera, Opera Montreal, San Diego Opera); Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Shakespeare Theater; An American Soldier, 27, Dr. Sun Yat Sen,  Shalimar the Clown, Ariadne on Naxos, Nixon in China,Daughter of the Regiment, and Champion at Opera Theater of St. Louis; NYC Opera productions of L'Etoile, Alcina, Turandot, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Capriccio, and Acis and Galetea; Shakespeare in the Park's As You Like It; the Metropolitan Opera's Romeo and JulietteMuch Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Shakespeare Theater; and Broadway’s James Joyce's The Dead, Cymbeline, and The Rivals at Lincoln Center Theater.

Curran also has created works for Jose Limon Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre's studio company, The Wooden Floor, Denmark's Upper Cut Company, Sweden's Skanes Dance Theater, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury Dance Theater, and Dance Alloy, as well as for numerous college and university dance departments. He has taught extensively at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, and Boston's Conservatory of Music. Happiest when making new work or performing, Curran hopes to continue being an ambassador for the art of dance by building and educating the dance audiences of tomorrow.

 

COURSES

Contemporary Dance Technique; Improvisation; Composition; Choreographers, Composers & Designers

 

 

RECENT WORKS AND AWARD NOMINATIONS:

2018: Seán Curran Company 20th Anniversary season as part of the BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival

2017: Seán Curran Company residency, performances, and choreographic commission for The Wooden Floor

2017: Fellowship at NYU Center for Ballet & The Arts to develop new work, “The Bosie Dances”

2016: Bessie Award Nomination for Sound Design for “Dream’d in a Dream”

2015: Seán Curran Company Season as part of the BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival

2014: Choreographic commission for the Limon Dance Company

2013: Bessie Award Nomination for Choreography in an outstanding production that stretches a culturally specific or traditional form

2013: Seán Curran Company 15th Anniversary season at the Joyce Theater