Introducing Sean Blake, our final IU Summer Theatre TGotW: Guest Artist Edition!

A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Sean Blake is a Chicago-based actor and singer. This summer Sean has been delighting IUST audiences as the doting Mr. Webb in Our Town and the tough-loving Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.


1. When did first you realize you were a “theatre geek”?

I probably realized I was a theatre geek when I did my first musical. I was a junior in high school and auditioned for Damn Yankees.  I got cast as Joe Hardy, and I was hooked.

2. What is your favorite thing about the theatre, and why?

My favorite thing about the theatre are the people. In this profession you get to meet so many people from all walks of life.

3. Do you have a favorite show or role? Why is it your favorite?

I don’t really have a favorite show or role. I have pretty much loved every show I have been involved with.

Sean Blake and the cast of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at Drury Lane Theatre in 2016. Photo by Brett Beiner.

4. Who in the theatre world inspires you, and why?

E. Faye Butler inspires me. She’s the ultimate PRO and a force on and off the stage. She has been my mentor and dear friend for many years.

5. Do you have any words of advice for our theatre students?

My advice to IU Theatre students is to be kind, be professional, and above all learn to balance ego with humility.

6. When no one is watching, what song do you love to dance or sing along with?

Anything by Celine Dion!!!!

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