Chairperson; Arts Professor
Seán Curran’s career in the arts spans 35 years, beginning with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston. A sought-after choreographer and director for opera and theatre, notable projects 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; Harvey Milk, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, An American Soldier, 27, Shalimar the Clown, Ariadne on Naxos, Nixon in China, and Daughter of the Regiment at Opera Theater of St. Louis; M. Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera; 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 Juliette; and on Broadway in James Joyce's The Dead, Cymbeline, and The Rivals at Lincoln Center Theater. A graduate of New York University, Curran now serves as Arts Professor and Chair of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance. As a dancer, Curran is known for his early performance work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, receiving a “Bessie” award for his role in Secret Pastures, and as an original New York City cast member of STOMP! His 30 choreographic works for his award-winning contemporary dance ensemble, Seán Curran Company, are characterized by collaborations across artistic genres and have toured to nearly 100 venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia with seasons in New York City at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, The Guggenheim Museum, Irish Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, New Victory Theater, 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Project, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Central Park Summerstage, and Celebrate Brooklyn. Seán Curran Company’s highly regarded service to the field includes donation of performances and classes to the American Civil Liberties Union NYC Chapter, Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence (a safe house for LGBTQ youth), Dancers Responding to AIDS and the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Curran also has created works for Jose Limon Dance Company, Darrah Carr Dance, 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 and teaching, Curran continues to be an ambassador for the art of dance by building and educating dance audiences. In 2019, he was honored with a prestigious Martha Hill Dance Fund award, recognizing his contributions to dance education.
Contemporary Dance Technique; Improvisation; Composition; Choreographers, Composers & Designers
SELECTED RECENT WORKS AND AWARDS:
2022: Seán Curran Company NYC season at Irish Arts Center in collaboration with Darrah Carr Dance
2022: Director & Choreographer of the premiere of a new production of “Harvey Milk” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
2022: Choreographer of world premiere of “Awakenings” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
2022: Choreographer of the world premiere of “M.Butterfly” at Santa Fe Opera
2021: Recipient of the St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for “Gianni Schicchi”
2019: Choreographer of the world premiere of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
2019: Recipient of the Martha Hill Dance Fund Award for dance educators
2019: Grand Marshall, St. Pat’s for All, NYC’s diverse and inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Festival
2018: Seán Curran Company 20th Anniversary season as part of the BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival
2018: Choreographer of world premiere of “An American Soldier” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
2017: Seán Curran Company residency, performances, and choreographic commission for The Wooden Floor
2017: Fellowship at NYU Center for Ballet & The Arts
2016: Choreographer of world premiere of “Shalimar the Clown” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
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