Personal details

Name
Adjunct Associate Professor Sean Mee
Position(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Master of Fine Arts (Queensland University of Technology), Dipteach (Primary) (Mt. Gravatt Teachers College)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 2010 – present: member of the Board of Flipside Circus
  • 2012: Member – Selection Panel – QLD Literary Awards: Drama
  • 2011: Member – Selection Panel – QLD Premier’s Literary Awards: Drama
  • 2009: Member – Selection Panel – QLD Premier’s Literary Awards: Drama
  • 2008 – 2009: Member – Metro Arts Artistic Advisory Panel
  • 2001 – 2003: Member – Board/Artistic Advisory Panel – Australian National Playwrights’ Centre
  • 1999 – 2002: Member – Theatre Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts
  • 1998: Founding member – committee of Queensland Theatre Industry Alliance
  • 1997 – 1999: Member – The Peer Assessment Panel (Performing Arts) for Arts Queensland
  • 1992 – 1995: President – Playlab
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Throughout his career, Sean has sought to create an Australian theatre that connects to our landscape and history and speaks truthfully and joyfully to our shared experience.

Sean began my professional career at La Boite Theatre in 1976 in the Early Childhood Drama Project, a Theatre-in-Education team for per-schoolers. From 1981 – 1985, he was a member of TN! Theatre Company as an actior, director and writer.  He was Artistic Coordinator of TN!2,  a training ensemble that devised and toured productions to remote Queensland communities from 1986 – 1990. From 1990 – 1998, Sean taught within the QUT Academy of the Arts as an Associate Lecturer. 

From October 2000 to 2008, Sean was Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company during which time the Company moved from the Hale Street venue to the Roundhouse Theatre at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove. Sean was honoured to be chosen as the QUT Outstanding Alumni for Creative Industries in 2008. In August 2009, he took up a position as a Lecturer in Drama within the Creative Industries Faculty QUT. 

Background

  • 1976-1980: Teacher/Actor, Early Childhood Drama Project, La Boite Theatre Company
  • 1981-1985: Member of the Acting Ensemble of TN! Theatre Company
  • 1985-1990: Freelance as an actor and director
  • 1987 – 1989: Coordinator of TN!2 ensemble.
  • 1990-1998: Associate Lecturer in Acting and Direction, QUT Academy of the Arts
  • 2000-2008: Artistic Director/CEO of La Boite Theatre Company.
  • 2009 – present: Senior Lecturer in Drama, QUT Creative Industries

Sean has won numerous awards for acting and direction and was honoured with the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award for Creative Industries in 2008.

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Sean Mee.

Experience

Projects

  • The creative leadership and direction of UNDER THIS SKY (Book by David Burton, Music by the community of Logan), commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival and performed in Logan, Queensland.  July 2015.
  • The direction and dramaturgy of the premiere production of BOOMTOWN (Book by David Burton, Music by Scott Saunders), commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival in Gladstone (July 2013)
  • The direction and dramaturgy of the premiere production of BEHIND THE CANE (Book and lyrics by Margery Forde & Michael Forde , Music by David Bridie & Andree Greenwell), commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival in Bowen (July 2011)
  • The direction and dramaturgy of the premiere production of LITTLE BIRUNG (Megan Samardin, John Rodgers), JUTE Theatre, Cairns (November 2011)
  • The direction and dramaturgy of the premiere production of THE ROAD WE’RE ON (Book by Stephen Carleton, Music by Scott Saunders), commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival in Charleville (July 2009)
  • The direction and dramaturgy of the premiere production of OODGEROO: BLOODLINE TO COUNTRY by Sam Watson. La Boite Theatre Company. (June 2009)
  • The direction and dramaturgy of the premiere production of RED CAP  (Book by Janis Balodis, Music by Iain Grandage), co-produced by La Boite Theatre Company and the Queensland Music Festival (July 2007)
  • The dramaturgy and co-direction of  JOHNNO by Stephen Edwards, based on the novel by David Malouf. A co-production between La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival and the Derby Playhouse UK. Johnno opened the 2006 Brisbane Festival and then toured to the UK in 2007.
  • The direction, design and dramaturgy of the premiere production of BOX THE PONY, co-written by Leah Purcell and Scott Rankin. The production toured nationally and internationally and was awarded Best Play in both the 1999 NSW and 2000 Queensland Premier’s Award.
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Sean Mee.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Creative Industries Faculty Outstanding Alumni Award was awarded in recognition of Sean's achievement as Artistic Director and CEO of La Boite Theatre Company. He led the Company through a period of unprecedented growth and transformation. One of only two companies in Australia exclusively producing Australian plays, La Boite has become a nationally significant generator of new Australian theatre, developing, producing or co-producing twenty-two main-house productions and seventeen premiere works of over twenty writers including nine on professional debut. In particular, Sean has championed the work of Queensland playwrights, encouraging a new generation to tell uniquely Queensland stories.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2009
Details
A member of the judging panel for the Drama category for the Queensland Premiers' Literary Awards, a national prize for excellence in playwrighting.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2009
Details
Member of Metro Arts Artistic Advisory Panel. Based in Brisbane CBD, Metro Arts provides Artistic Program artists with mentoring, publicity, marketing, project planning and technical support. The MAAAP provides artistic counsel to the organisation and is the selection panel for the Independents Program.

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