Sean Riley


Sean Riley creates performance combining suspension, kinetics, architecture, and narrative sculpture. Through scenic design, rigging design, and mechanical design, often in concert with each other, he creates unique striking environments and apparatus for time based art. Riley’s work has spanned a wide spectrum of genres including theater, circus, dance, opera, television, as well as outdoor and gallery installations around the world. Riley is a founding member and co-director of Cirque Mechanics, the host of two television series Worlds Toughest Fixes and Speed, and a longtime collaborator on the construction of the Long Now Foundation’s 10,000 year clock. Awards and nominations in design include: 5 Izzies, TBA awards, Bay Area Critics Circle, and an Isadora Duncan Sustained Achievement Award in scenic design. Riley studied Theater at UCSC and lives in British Columbia. “Let’s do the Panto Again!”

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