On the Couch with Sean Scanlon

Sean Scanlon onc 2Who is Sean Scanlon?
Probably the simplest (and vaguest) way to describe myself is that I am the result of reading too much Snoopy growing up. I’ve been directing and performing in the Melbourne independent theatre scene for about six to seven years. I also do an awful Harvey Keitel impression.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I like to imagine I could still make it in the AFL if they could just look past my lack of ability and height. Aside from that I love working with my hands, so maybe a carpenter? I have so much respect for people who can take raw materials and make something that will stand the test of time.

Who inspires you and why?
My parents first and foremost, for their work ethic and bravery in immigrating here, and starting from scratch. On a more creative level I’ll say Conan O’Brien, his career has been built on hard work, honesty and constantly changing what his art is about.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d tell the construction workers next door to maybe not start with the jackhammers until about 10am. Did I mention I’m selfish?

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I actually had a brilliant time in Poland recently, incredible history and lovely people. I met someone on the plane there and they hosted me for a few days, like they had known me my whole life!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I’m a bit of a dag as I think a packed MCG is important to experience, but I always endeavor to take out-of-towners to a show at La Mama.

What are you currently reading?
I just finished reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield; the first two thirds were really valuable but the last third slips into this weird “give your power to the heavens” nonsense that left a bad taste in my mouth.

What are you currently listening to?
Hercules and Love Affair are this great group from New York and they’ve just released a new album, it’s got one of my favourite singers John Grant on a few tracks and so far it’s going down a treat.

Happiness is?
My dog when she sees her leash.

What does the future hold for you?
After Pool (no water), I’ll be performing in a few things around town and then directing later in the year, as well as teaching Improv. There will probably be an unhealthy amount of cheap cider as well!

Sean Scanlon is an award winning theatre director and actor. Having trained extensively both in Australia and Canada, Sean is also an Improv teacher working around Melbourne.

The 2006 recipient of the MTC scholarship and a 3DFest winner, Sean has directed and performed in shows at the Malthouse, La Mama and the Arts Centre as well as producing the sold out 2010 Melbourne Fringe show Truthmachine with his company Grounded Astronaut Theatre.

Sean is currently directing Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (no water) – playing for a limited season at Melbourne’s Goodtime Studios from 2 – 10 June. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/nowater2014 for details.

Image: Sean Scanlon