As the founder and Artistic Director of Summertide, Sean Hardy hails from New York City where he started his theatrical training at the Professional Performing Arts School (Musical Theater) and Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts (Drama). He went to attend Harvard College where he received a BA in Neurobiology - Mind, Brain & Behavior with a secondary field in Theatre, Dance & Media. With a defined interest in science and theatre, he went on to help found and run Science-Theatre @ Harvard College, serving as the director for two of its inaugural productions; Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight and Silent Sky, both written by playwright Lauren Gunderson.
Continuing his passion for fusing the sciences and arts, Sean moved to
Paris as the recipient of the Harvard-ENS Exchange Fellowship to study the representations of traumatized memory in contemporary French theatre. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Neurosciences through PSL Research University at the École Normale Supérieure Ulm.
Sean has served in many capacities for a number of theatrical productions including as an actor, dancer, producer, and light designer. Other directing credits include: Mind, Game, Ritual by Elisa Almedia Castro & Ricardo Righi Filho; Angels In America - Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner (Little Flower Theatre); With Fates Driving by Alona Bach (Loeb Experimental Theatre); and Chalk by Walt McGough (Adams Pool Theatre).
Sean’s current theatrical work focuses on how to represent: cultural and linguistic intersectionality on stage, the representations of women historical figures, and continues to pursue his interest of merging science and theatre. He is particularly interested in exploring these topics through theatre hors les murs (‘outside the walls’), in order to bring theatre to new contexts and audiences. Sean’s current directorial projects with Summertide explores all of these topics and include: an English & French language A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, a contemporary dance devised piece (working title: Séismes), and a new imagining of Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller.
Outside of his directing endeavors, Sean has trained as a dancer for ten years (tap, swing, ballet, jazz, aerial silks) and has studied piano and classical voice. He speaks French and English fluently , and is currently studying Japanese and Korean. His love of languages and education led him to obtain his CELTA through Cambridge University.