Sean Patrick Doyle originally hails from Miami, FL. He originated the role of Chantal the Songbird in the Tony award-winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, opposite Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. He previously broke 'tradition' as the first countertenor to portray the role of Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, opposite Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, and Theodore Bikel in an extensive North American tour. Off-Broadway, he originated the role of Loki in Tarell McCraney's Wig Out! at the Vineyard Theatre (dir. Tina Landau.), garnering a rave from Ben Brantley in the New York Times. In response to his performance as Loki, opposite Daniel T. Booth, Brantley wrote, "To watch these two work the runway together is to enter a twilight zone where the natural laws of physics and biology seem to have melted and mutated." Internationally, credits include a year-long run as Baby John in the Asian and European tours of West Side Story (dir. Joey McKneely) and the Asian tour of Fame: the Musical. Television credits include Law & Order and The Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center, where he has performed in numerous concerts and operas. He made his major motion picture debut as Garv in 20th Century Fox's The Sitter, opposite Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell. Sean Patrick is an accomplished playwright and travel photographer, with works appearing in in publications by Smith & Kraus and Lonely Planet.
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Born and raised in Miami, FL, Sean Patrick began acting at the age of five, and made his professional stage debut at the age of ten in Oliver!
at Actors' Playhouse. Some of his most memorable roles as a child include Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol
and Jacob in The Rothschilds
, at the historic Coconut Grove Theatre. The latter was music directed by Donald Chan, who, as chance would have it, later served as conductor for the tour of West Side Story
. The highlight of his childhood career, however, was playing opposite Gail Edwards as Patrick in Mame
and being personally coached by Jerry Herman before the production christened The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. Fifteen years later, Sean Patrick would make his Broadway debut in one of Herman's most celebrated musicals, La Cage Aux Folles
Sean Patrick's passion for theatre led him to South Florida's top arts magnet, New World School of the Arts. While at school he was introduced to the Meisner technique, swapped his boy soprano for lyric baritone, and first stepped up to the ballet barre. New World also provided him with invaluable exposure to modern classical and classical works, including Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream. His studies continued at Catholic University in Washington DC, where he received his Bachelors of Music. He appeared in nearly every mainstage production, but most enjoyed tacking the title role in Kurt Weill's rarely staged opus, Johnny Johnson.
During his four years in Washington, DC, Sean Patrick was honored to perform in four productions at the venerable John F. Kennedy Center. He saluted Chita Rivera alongside his theater idols at the The Kennedy Center Honors, was conducted by Marvin Hamlisch for the 13th Annual National Symphony Orchestra Gala, A Salute to the 1940s Broadway Musical, and appeared in the Corps de Ballet in Washington National Opera's production of Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans. A year prior to the opera, he had the honor of re-opening that renovated Opera House with a production of Bernstein's MASS, which featured Sean Patrick as a countertenor in the lush "Kadosh" portion.
Sean Patrick departed Catholic University several weeks early to join the Korean tour of Fame: The Musical and graduated in absence with his Bachelors of Music just days after opening the show in Seoul. His international adventure continued a few months later with year-long run as Baby John in the international tour of West Side Story, directed by Joey McKneely. While on tour, he visited seventeen countries and played some of the world's most beautiful and prestigious venues including Singapore's Esplanade Theater on the Bay, the historic Bologna Opera House in Italy, The Dresden Semper Opera in Germany, and the notable Bunkamura Theater in Tokyo.
Upon returning stateside, Sean Patrick appeared at regional theatres across the country. He made his New York debut in the world premiere of Tarrel McCraoney's Wig Out! at the Vineyard Theatre. Tina Landau's unorthodox staging garnered raves and resulted in two extenstions. In response to his performance as Loki, opposite co-star Daniel T. Booth, Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, "To watch these two work the runway together is to enter a twilight zone where the natural laws of physics and biology seem to have melted and mutated."
Sean Patrick then broke tradition as the first male to play the role of Fruma-Sarah, the dead wife of Lazar Wolf, in the North American tour of Fiddler on the Roof. He toured seventeen states, opposite three celebrated Tevyes, Chaim Topol, Theo Bikel, and Harvey Fierstein. Coincidentally, Fierstein was announced to take over the role of Tevye on the same day Sean Patrick was offered the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles, penned by the writer/actor 28 years prior. La Cage enjoyed a 13 month long run on the Great White Way, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and took the prize for Best Revival. Sean Patrick's performance as Chantal the Songbird is preserved on a cast recording by PS Classics.
In addition to his acting accomplishments, Sean Patrick is a published playwright and travel photographer. As a young man, his first play Solving Manhattan was produced as part of City Theatre's Kid Shorts. City Theatre's continual showcase of new short works (now in conjunction with the Actors Theatre of Louisville) inspired Sean Patrick to write more works in the short format. His work has now appeared on the stages of Miami, Chicago, and Washington, DC. An excerpt from his one-act play Vent now appears in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s: 101 Monologues by Type, 2 Minutes & Under, published by Smith & Kraus. Another excerpt from the same play appears in 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One Minute Monologues for Women. In September 2007, one of his travel photographs from his year-long adventure with West Side Story was published in Lonely Planet's The Asia Book. Sean Patrick continues to document his travels, and has been honored by the Miami Herald and awarded honors in Lonely Planet's photo competitions.