by Yasmina Reza
translated by Christopher Hampton
Sean Aita has had a close association with Vienna’s English Theatre as an actor, writer and director, for over thirty years; appearing as Cliff in Look Back in Anger, directing productions such as Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan and Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s Say Who You Are, as well as writing sixteen plays for the educational touring arm of the theatre, seen by over 100,000 young people annually.
Sean is an award-winning theatre director and playwright. He trained originally as a classical actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has performed professionally in a wide range of genres on stage, film, television, and radio. Performance highlights include appearing in Ingmar Bergmann’s Hamlet (Royal National Theatre), working with Sir Anthony Mingella originating the role of Walter in Two Planks and a Passion, playing Sir Robert Chiltern in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (Westminster Theatre) and appearing in the West End musical Buddy.
Sean moved into directing by observing/assisting at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the English National Opera. He was appointed Associate Director at the Royal Theatre Northampton, where he won the Checkout Theatre award for his play Yallery Brown, which subsequently transferred to The Greenwich Theatre, London. As artistic director of regional touring theatre company Forest Forge, Sean’s work was short-listed for the Stage Award for Achievement in Regional Theatre. Significant productions include Nell Leyshon’s The Farm (Southwark Playhouse) and a Canadian UK co-production of Robert Chafe’s New Found Lands. Sean’s play Bin It won the live event category of the 2009 International Visual Communications Association Clarion awards.
In 2014 Sean was appointed Associate Professor in Theatre by the Arts University Bournemouth, and has published extensively on theatre. He is a committed teacher of acting, and regularly leads classes in performance technique around the world. He has recently conducted workshops in Geneva, Mexico City and Los Angeles. He is delighted to be taking on a new role in 2018 as Principal of Vienna’s English Theatre’s new Drama Academy (VETA).