• Sean Hagerty

    Actor Director Teacher

  • About

    Sean Hagerty trained under Sanford Meisner and studied classical theatre at the renowned Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he graduated in 2001. He holds a Masters Degree in Shakespeare and Theatre from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he graduated with Distinction. Sean has worked as an actor, teacher, director and producer regionally and internationally for many years. Credits include: New York Classical Theatre, The Lord Chamberlain's Men, The Group Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Bath Shakespeare Festival, The New Vic, Theatre Royal Bristol, and BBC Radio, among others. Previously, Sean served as the chair of Education & Training for the Shakespeare Theatre Association and spent many years as the Associate Artistic Director for New York Classical Theatre. Currently, he teaches Shakespeare and Style at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare@.

  • Classical Acting for the Modern Actor

    "Do whatever you can to spend time in the room with this man. 

    His approach is second-to-none."
    —Ben Crystal, Actor and Author, Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary,
    The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

    Through close study of the plays, monologues, warm-ups and weekly scene-work, we reveal the tools and present the keys to unlocking Shakespeare. We show how these tried and true techniques, rather than feeling foreign or impeding to a modern-trained actor, are actually complementary to modern technique and liberating to any actor who employs them. These are practical tools that make Shakespeare's words spontaneous, and the actor who employs them, rather than feeling intimidated, will find find themselves expressing Shakespeare's language with passion, power, clarity and honesty.

    Beginner's Shakespeare

    A thorough introduction immerses students in the demands of Shakespeare’s text and to the particulars and challenges of classical technique. Attention is paid to active engagement with breath, vocal technique, the demands of verse, prose, rhetoric, style and the marriage of classical form with imaginative, honest acting.

    - 3 hours a week; 8 weeks. Class size is limited to 10 people. $385.

    Shakespeare Text and Scene Study

    Students continue their exploration of Shakespeare with in-depth scene and textual study, period manners and movement, script analysis, Shakespeare's textual clues , Elizabethan/Jacobean Original practices, and more. As students progress they are encouraged to apply the techniques learned to other classical playwrights and periods such as Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Restoration Comedy, Shaw, Wilde, Melodrama and more. Beginner's Shakespeare required or by audition.

    - 3 hours a week; 8 weeks. Class size is limited to 10 people. $385.

    The Saturday Academy

    This Shakespeare 'boot camp' gives the student a well-rounded grounding in classical training. Classes consist of Shakespeare, Voice & Speech, Clowning, and Stage Combat, taught by industry professionals, with occasional guest artist Master Classes in Shakespeare's cross-gender work, Original Pronunciation, Original Practices, etc.

    - 6 hours a day for six consecutive Saturdays. Class size is limited to 10 people. $675.

    Private Coaching

    Monologue and audition work. 

    - $75/hr.

  • Testimonials

    "Sean Hagerty is the essential Shakespeare teacher. He has made, undoubtedly, one of the most powerful impacts on my life as an actor."

    —Eden Brolin, Actor, I Dream Too Much, ABC's Beyond, Lifetime's Manson's Lost Girls


    "Sean is one of the most attentive and specific teachers and directors I've ever had. His knowledge and passion for Shakespeare made his class one of the most relevant I've taken—for any period or text. I continue to think of his approach with any script I read."

    —Mackenzie Davis, Actor, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, The Martian, Blade Runner 2049

    "One of the most insightful directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His approach to Shakespeare seems effortless, yet never ceases to engage and captivate."

    —Mark Puddle, Executive Producer, West End Stage & The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

    "I was scared to study Shakespeare and thought I would never be able to understand it. Sean's teaching helped me grow comfortable with the words and find my own voice in the language. His class became one of my favorites to take at the Neighborhood Playhouse."

    —Jasmine Cephas Jones, Actor, Broadway's Hamilton

    "To say Sean is a brilliant director is an understatement. An expert in language and honoring the text, he always obtains the actor's best performance. I can only give him the highest of recommendations."

    —Maja Osterman, Agent, IAG, London

    "One of the most focused and thoughtful artists I know. When one is onstage with Sean, the storytelling takes care of itself."

    —Jonathan Forbes, Actor, Amazon's Catastrophe, RSC, The National

  • Currently

    What I'm doing now

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    Believe None of Us

    or Hamlet Unfolded

    “The most extraordinary side-glance at Hamlet I’ve seen since watching Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead for the first time.”
    - Paul Smith, British Council


    Believe None of Us, adapted and directed by Jemma Alix Levy and devised by the members of Runamuck Theatre, is a new exploration of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that looks at how the character of Hamlet differs in each of the three “original” texts of the play (the 1603 First Quarto, the 1604 Second Quarto, and the 1623 First Folio) by putting the three Hamlets in conversation with each other. The piece was workshopped in 2015 at Washington and Lee University with initial sharings at the 2015 Blackfriars Conference at the American Shakespeare Center and at the 2016 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference hosted by Shakespeare at Notre Dame. It is currently in development and will be available for touring beginning Autumn 2016.

  • Directing

    Selected Credits as Director, unless otherwise noted

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    New York Classical Theatre

    New York, NY


    "Raucously silly fun."

    —The New York Times, July 6, 2016


    "A dizzy, delirious, big-hearted comedy"

    —The New Yorker, July 5, 2016


    "A wonderful production... literally my 20th production of Midsummer Night's Dream in my long lifetime and I have to say it stands up amongst the best of them."

    —Broadway Radio, July 3, 2016

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    Freud's Last Session

    by Mark St. Germain

    The Schoolhouse Theatre, Westchester, NY


    "An excellent production of the play under the smooth direction of Sean Hagerty."

    —The New York Times, November 14, 2014

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    The Tempest

    New York Classical Theatre

    New York, NY


    "This is one of those rare performances of the bard's work that allows his genius to shine through."

    —TheatreMania, July 17, 2013

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    Compleat Female Stage Beauty

    by Jeffrey Hatcher

    The Neighborhood Playhouse, 2014

    New York, NY

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    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

    by Tom Stoppard

    The Neighborhood Playhouse, 2016

    New York, NY

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    by Will Eno
    The Neighborhood Playhouse, 2017

    New York, NY

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    The Taming of the Shrew

    New York Classical Theatre

    New York, NY


    "5/5 Stars. Strongly recommend."
    —axs.com June 28, 2015


    Pick of the Week, TimeOutNY

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    As You Like It

    Asst. Dir, The Lord Chamberlain's Men

    London, UK

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    Twelfth Night

    as Malvolio
    New York Classical Theatre

    New York, NY


    "Mr. Hagerty conveys Malvolio’s stern essence with such complexity that we almost like him. Almost."

    —The New York Times, July 5, 2012

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