We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Barnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It was a process in the making of several years. I am the Artistic Director of the community arts organization/theatre company Bohemian Arts. My family and I had been involved in the theatrical communities around Riverside & San Diego counties for several years and we had always talked about and fantasized over the idea of creating our own productions and sharing quality accessible arts education. I am a huge proponent of making your own opportunities so it’s been a very liberating & fun few years.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Even as a kid, I would recreate scenes from my favorite movies in excruciating detail (Shoutout to my dad for opening a closet door when I would play Willy Wonka’s first entrance or Troy Bolton in High School Musical). Then, when I discovered and started participating in live theatre, it became more and more of exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Present stories that are able to both entertain and make audiences feel whether it be on stage or on a screen. When the pandemic hit, it felt like a brick wall was put indefinitely on the thing I loved most. I was truly miserable for first few months. Then, when we officially launched Bohemian Arts in June, I began feeling a lot more hopeful and felt that there were a lot more possibilities. That are people that I have known for years that I have been able to get to know more and collaborate on projects with and I am truly grateful for that. However, that does not mean I’m not excited for when things open up again. My family and I have a big docket of things we want to get going for when people are ready to get back in live theatres that we are working on now that I personally am really excited for. There’s also a big quarantine project that me and one of my best friends have been developing for the past few months that I hope we’re able to share more about in the next few months.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Seeing as I am from Temecula, I’m a very basic guy when it comes to San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter is my absolute favorite place to be. The Gaslamp Fish House is one of my favorite restaurants out there and I am truly excited to head over there and get up on a good plate of fish and chips when I’m able to get back out there. Also, seeing as I’m a theatre person, the San Diego Civic Theatre is obviously my favorite venue to go see touring Broadway productions. I saw Dear Evan Hansen live there right before the shutdown in March and it’s easily one of the most emotionally cathartic experiences I have ever had in a theatre.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Easily, my family is a big reason why I am here today. 2 years ago even, I never thought I could do some of things I do today (direct plays, write scripts, budget productions). I’ve always had ideas for various projects and shows but no idea how to actually get them off the ground and throughout the years, thanks to my family’s amazing expertise and support, I have learned so much and they have become some of my favorite collaborators. I can’t wait for the world to open back up to see what we can do as a company.
Instagram: Personal: @seanathanbarnett Business: @bohemianartsorg
Photo Credit: Shawna Sarnowski Photography