From London Sean O'Riordan worked as a journalist then retrained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales.
After London stand-up comedy he toured UK theatre for 7 years. In Sydney he toured Shakespeare to schools, performed stand up, began teaching and directing at drama schools and in 1996 formed Barestage theatre writing, directing, producing, performing in 12 plays.
Film and tv work includes: Candy with Heath Ledger, The Man Who Sued God with Billy Connolly, The Kangaroo Gang, Hard Nut and Crime Investigations Australia.
He also directed and worked as executive producer for Macbeth: The Installation which played live to You Tube, September 2020, sponsors City of Sydney and Darlo Drama.
Most of his directing work is now focused on directing Shakespeare at drama schools and Sydney independent theatre companies. As well as freelance directing he also teaches/directs for the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television, NIDA, Darlo Drama and Sydney Theatre School.
Sean O'Riordan is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy (Drama) at the University of Sydney on the relevance of Shakespeare to contemporary actor training.