Pace Academy has long been known for its award-winning performing arts program, the product of an outstanding performing arts faculty. On August 1, 2015, Sean Bryan will join the faculty team as director of Upper School Theatre.
In his new role, Bryan will oversee all Upper School theatre productions, teach classes in the performing arts, sponsor student groups in theatre competitions, and work with Pace Academy faculty, parents and students to ensure a well-rounded arts education. He assumes leadership of a program that consistently delivers sold-out performances of full-scale musicals, one-act plays, comedies and dramas. Pace Academy Theatre alumni matriculate to the nation’s top performing arts programs, including the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Northwestern University, Ithaca College, Indiana University and Carnegie Mellon.
“The arts have always been central to Pace Academy’s culture,” says Pace Academy Head of Upper School Mike Gannon. “We knew that we needed to find someone who would continue that tradition of excellence while introducing new elements and expanding our theatre curriculum. I’m confident that Sean Bryan is up to the task.”
Bryan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in acting from the University of Kentucky. He went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Iowa. A professional actor, Bryan began his teaching career at the University of Iowa, where he taught theatre and acting courses. Since 2007, he has led the high-school drama program at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Fla. There he teaches acting, musical theatre and directing courses; directs musicals and plays; coordinates an annual New York City theatre tour; and sponsors the International Thespian Society Troupe.
In addition, Bryan serves as an academic dean and managed Ransom Everglades’ performing arts facilities from 2010 to 2013. He received the Ransom Everglades Arthur Moses Faculty Award in 2012 and was named performing arts department chair in 2014. Bryan has been an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College since 2010.
“When teaching, I strive to embrace the creativity of each student and reinforce abstract thinking,” Bryan says. “Theatre teaches us to work our way through a problem… it’s a process that demands failure in order to pave the way towards success. Ultimately, theatre should encourage students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. I’m thrilled to be joining a community that truly values the individual student and is committed to creating confident citizens of the world.”
Bryan will succeed longtime Upper School Theatre Director George Mengert, who will retire at the end of the school year following 44 years at Pace Academy.
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About the Arts at Pace Academy
The arts play a critical role in the cultural life of Pace Academy, and Atlanta Magazine has named Pace Academy one of “The Best Schools for the Arts.” The state-of-the-art Fine Arts Center boasts a painting and drawing studio; classrooms for ceramics, sculpture, chorus, band and strings; a computer lab for digital photography and graphic design; a stagecraft workshop; exhibit and event space; and a 600-seat theatre with an orchestra pit and fly system. Students must complete three semesters of visual and/or performing arts classes to graduate. More than 40 percent of the Upper School student body participates in the performing arts.