Sean Grennan

Book and Lyrics


Sean Grennan studied English at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An actor for many years, predominantly in Chicago, he began writing for the theatre in 1995 as co-librettist (with his wife, Kathy Santen) for Phantom of the Country Palace (MTI), which was produced that year at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. He repeated in this capacity the following year with Ms. Cinderella at the same theatre. His playLUCK! won an honorable mention from the National Writer’s Association’s Playwriting Festival and was produced in New York City by the Epic Theatre Company. His musical Rodeo was an ASCAP finalist and was subsequently chosen as the sole ASCAP-sponsored piece for a workshop production in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the New Noises festival under the mentorship of Stephen Schwartz. Working as a librettist and lyricist with composer Leah Okimoto he wrote Married Alive!, A Dog’s Life, and Another Night Before Christmas(Playscripts, Inc.), all of which debuted at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri and have gone on to numerous productions in the U.S., Canada and abroad. His play Making God Laughpremiered at Peninsula Players Theatre in Wisconsin in June of 2011. His plays Beer for Breakfast and As Long As We Both Shall Live premiered in the 2012 season back at the American Heartland Theatre. Grennan and Santen live in New York City, where Santen is currently appearing in Broadway’s Wicked. Grennan is a member of the Dramatists Guild.