Who Am I?

I am a Chicago-based theater artist who passionately cares about the audience.

For over twenty years, I have concentrated on adapting and directing stories to create relevant theatrical pieces for our contemporary society.

In November of 2014, after a three-year hiatus, I returned to being the Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, a Chicago theater company I founded in 1997.

In 2013, I was fortunate enough to be a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where he completed writing All Our Tragic, a twelve-hour adaptation combining all thirty-two surviving Greek Tragedies. It garnered six Joseph Jefferson Awards, including best Director and Best Adaptation.

I have four other Joesph Jefferson Awards for directing and adaptation.

I am also the director and co-adaptor three Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, which have been playing at many great theaters across the country.

In 2013, I was honored with the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Arts Achievement Award.

From 2004-2006, I was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.

I attended Emerson College (a long time ago) and have taught at University of Chicago, The Theater School at DePaul University,  Columbia College Chicago and Lake Forest College.


I have two works published:

Sophocles: These Seven Sicknesses. Broadway Play Publishing, 2013

The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide. Playscripts, 2010



My work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Chicago Children’s Theatre and in February 2016 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Feel free to email me: sean@seangraney.com


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Directing Experience

Writing Information

What’s Going on Now/What’s Coming Up Next