Directing

Since 2005, Sean has been directing touring theater work with his company Working Group. His directing style incorporates a playwright’s understanding of story with an actor’s drive for performance all married to an excited visual sense. Credits: Venus in Fur; Mary’s Wedding; Marion Bridge, Kimberly Akimbo and Manning Up (Riverside Theatre), Out of Bounds (Hancher Auditotium; Lied Center for Performing Arts), The Broken Chord (Hancher Auditorium), Mayberry (Hancher Auditorium; Iowa West Arts Center; Bucksbaum Performing Arts Center), The Birth Witches (Kennedy Center for the Arts; Northwest Missouri State University), Rust (Legion Arts; Riverside Theatre), Denali (Know Theatre of Cincinnati; Actors Theatre of Grand Rapids; Acorn Theatre), We Stood Up (Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, KINA Festival) Dirty Story (Interact Theatre), See Hear Speak (Northwest Missouri State University, Guest Contract), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Old Creamery Theatre), Goat Show (Adirondack Theatre Festival; Riverside Theatre), The Building and Unbuilding of the Saxophone Sunset (Ensemble Studio Theatre), An Imperfect Sonnet (CBC Theatre) and Drinks By The Pool; Toymakers War; Atlas of Mud; the Innocents and Handgrenade Holly with Working Group Theatre.

Awards:
Winner of Acclaim Award for Best Direction from Cincinnati Critic’s Awards
Winner Rick Graf Award, Iowa Human Rights Commission
Nominated for the Zelda Fichandler Award from SDC

Recent:
Riot Ballet pt. 1 (La Pell Teatre, Barcelona Spain, December 2013)
Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor (Riverside Theatre, NNPN, March 2014)
Out of Bounds by Jennifer Fawcett (Hancher Auditorium, April 2014)
Kreutzer Sonata/em>by Jennifer Fawcett (Music IC, June 2014)

Upcoming:
Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay Abaire (Riverside Theatre, NNPN, October 2014)
Out of Bounds by Jennifer Fawcett (Lied Center, November 2014)
Riot Ballet pt 2 (Jump Current, Montreal Canada, August 2015)

DIRECTING REEL (video)

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KREUTZER SONATA adapted from Tolstoy featuring the Gesualdo Quartet

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OUT OF BOUNDS by Jennifer Fawcett at Hancher Auditorium

“Director Sean Christopher Lewis is a master at weaving mixed media into stage productions, from his expert sound design and original music by Katie Roche to inventive images displayed on an old-school video projector and shattering shadow puppetry designed by Jen Shook. Lewis’ spare set design allows the actors to create new environments with the swivel of a desk and two chairs. Crisp and Crushingly real.”- Gazette

Out of Bounds work sample from Working Group on Vimeo.

MARION BRIDGE by Daniel MacIvor at Riverside Theatre

“Beautiful… Director Sean Christopher Lewis uses shadow play between scenes to create a most beautiful feeling of nostalgia – the perfect tone for this play of unfolding memories, realizations and reconciliations.”- Hoopla

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VENUS IN FUR by David Ives at Riverside Theatre
“Smart. Kinky. Fun. Lewis’ craft makes the surreal possible.”- Iowa Theatre

“An intricate exploration of sex and power… impressive.”- Hoopla

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Venus in Fur Preview from Amber Lewandowski on Vimeo.

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THE BROKEN CHORD by Jennifer Fawcett and WGT

“The Broken Chord resonates with honesty, simplicity and beauty… Lewis seamlessly weaves multiple theatrical devices into a rich tapestry that flutters and envelops the audience into the action.”- Cedar Rapids Gazette

“A triumph.”- Iowa Theatre

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THE TOYMAKERS WAR by Jennifer Fawcett

“Incredible” – the Iowa Review

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OUT OF BOUNDS (Theatre for Young Audiences) by Jennifer Fawcett

National Tour

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ATLAS OF MUD by Jennifer Fawcett

“Masterfully directed… a play well worth seeing.” – Blue Planet Green Living

“Imaginative, poetic with a directorial imagination at full bore”- Iowa Theatre

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HANDGRENADE HOLLY
produced at the ArtSpark Festival in Austin Texas

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THE INNOCENTS by Sean Christopher Lewis and WGT performed site specifically in Midwestern basements

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THE BIRTH WITCHES by Jennifer Fawcett at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/NNPN and Northwest Missouri State University

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MANNING UP by Sean Christopher Lewis an NNPN Rolling World Premiere at Riverside Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company and Actor’s Summit

“”Brilliant…pregnant belly-laugh hilarious, with just enough heart-breaking moments to keep it grounded…”- Cedar Rapids Gazette/Hoopla

”Outrageous, insightful and above all very, very funny.”- Iowa Theatre

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MARY’S WEDDING by Stephen Massicotte at Riverside Theatre

“A breath of fresh air…Effectively executed in every respect…”- Iowa Theatre

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WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF by Edward Albee at Old Creamery Theatre

“A wonderfully intimate theatrical experience”- Iowa Theatre

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THE SYRINGA TREE by Pamela Gien at Riverside Theatre

“An excellent realization of a very moving script”- Iowa Theatre

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MAYBERRY by Sean Christopher Lewis at Hancher Auditorium, the Bucksbaum Performing Arts Center and Iowa West Arts Center

“Brilliant.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette

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GOAT SHOW by Jennifer Fawcettat Riverside Theatre, Iowa City IA
and Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls NY

“It’s about family, friendship and finances; dreams, desires and disappointments. It’s about the cradle and the grave… manages to fill the stage with ideas and charm”- Michael Eck, Times Union

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ODYSSEUS, IOWA by Sean Lewis and Jennifer Fawcett produced site specifically on working farms in Iowa.

“Bold original theater that challenges convention… must see”- Iowa Theatre

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