Professor Sean McNamara
Sean was appointed Head of Guildford School of Acting in 2016 and has led on key initiatives such as restructuring the organisation and developments in the programme portfolio, including the introduction of the MFAs in Acting and Musical Theatre and the MA Theatre (Online & Distance Learning). He trained at the Guildford School of Acting and was awarded a BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with an MA in Actor Training. Sean is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Higher Education Academy.
Sean is Chair of the UK’s professional body for conservatoire training, The Federation of Drama Schools (FDS) and a founding member of the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires (AMTC). Committees include, Guildford Borough Council, Guildford First committee, a youth, training and business consortium and, Act for Change, promoting diversity and equality in the creative industries and Wellbeing in the Arts, an industry working group focussing upon mental health and wellbeing.
Internationally, he is the Project Director and member of the Steering Committee for the establishment of the Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) in the emirate of Sharjah in the UAE.
Affiliations and memberships
03 MAR 2021
Creativity and innovation enable Guildford School of Acting students to deliver free On Stage/On Screen Spring Season
02 DEC 2019
Guildford School of Acting tackles discrimination and prejudice in new Anne Frank production
15 MAY 2019
GSA final year student prepares to enter the magical world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Teaching, directing and leading on external evaluations at leading conservatoires include; The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Arts Educational School, Chiswick and Rose Bruford.
- Acting technique: Stanislavsky & Post-Stanislavsky (Adler, Hagen, Meisner)
- Text analysis
- Directing public productions / showcases
Areas of Expertise
- UK Conservatoire Training Sector
- Twentieth Century Acting Methodologies
- Acting and Actor Training
- Twentieth Century Musical Theatre