Séamus Maynard completed his degree in acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While there, he studied speech, classical acting and Shakespeare with Patsy Rodenburg. Prior to that he trained intensively in the Michael Chekhov Technique for several years studying and performing with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan who founded the Actor’s Ensemble based in Hudson NY. His most recent work has been developing Speech and Drama as Living Arts, a year-long distance learning course available through EduCareDo.
Séamus co-founded a two year acting training entitled Shakespeare Alive! which was based on the teachings of Michael Chekhov and Rudolf Steiner’s indications for speech and drama. Alongside Shakespeare Alive! Séamus studied speech formation with renowned speech artist Christy MacKaye Barnes. He then attended Artemis School of Speech and Drama in West Sussex England where he studied speech formation with Christopher Garvey. Currently, Séamus teaches the art of speech at Inner Work Path workshops and retreats (www.innerworkpath.com). Séamus also supports and facilitates the arts program on behalf of Developing the Self Developing The World (www.developingtheself.org).
Séamus has taught acting, speech and movement at Emerson College in England, Stephens College Missouri, California State University’s Summer Arts program, The New School NYC, Saint John’s College in Istanbul Turkey and is a faculty member for The Michael Chekhov School Hudson, as well as MICHA (the Michael Chekhov Association).
As an actor and musician Séamus has worked with Improbable Theatre (London), The Belgian National Theater, Triple Shadow (La Mama NYC), Heads Theater Company (NYC) and The Actors Ensemble (NYC & Hudson NY). Séamus is a co-founding member of Third Wheel Collective – a collaboration based theater company. As a musician, Séamus studied classical guitar and composition with classical guitarist and composer Ed Flower. Séamus composes for and co-founded Quiet In The Head, a music group that composes original, instrumental music for violin and classical guitar. He also writes and performs with an acoustic folk group called Living Roots.