Sean Whalen is a professional actor, writer, producer and director from the Washington D.C. area.
Sean holds acting workshops across the country teaching improv, scene study and auditioning. He privately coaches actors and is one of the founders and teachers at the Neighbors Comedy Dojo at Playhouse West which focuses on improv and sketch comedy. Recently, Sean began teaching corporate improv for teambuilding, fear of public speaking and conferences.
Like most actors, Sean moved to Los Angeles to study and perform at the famed Groundling Theater. Later, he studied the Meisner technique at Playhouse West which was founded by Bob Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum.
Sean began his career appearing in commercials for Little Caesar’s Pizza, TJ Maxx, Bud Light, and many others. His most acclaimed commercial was the first-ever “Got Milk?” commercial directed by Michael Bay in 1993.
His first major film role was in People Under the Stairs directed by Wes Craven. Other films include Twister, Never Been Kissed, Jury Duty, That Thing You Do, Men in Black, Employee of the Month, Waterworld, Batman Returns, Jersey Boys, Seth Rogen’s Untitled Pickle Movie and Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell. He has also appeared in low budget features including The FP, FP2 and Villisca. Sean has also appeared in numerous television shows such as Lost, Constantine, Castle, Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue, Friends, Magnum PI and Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has worked on shows for Disney and Nickelodeon as well as having recurring roles on the shows the Bold and the Beautiful, Unfabulous and the NBC comedy, Superstore.
In addition to acting, Sean has written several screenplays, television pilots, and completed punch up work on several cartoons. He has written a couple of short films. One of them, Turkey Cake, which he also directed, won best short at the Rehobeth Film Festival and appeared at American Short Shorts in Japan. He is currently working preproduction on Crust, a horror comedy he wrote, will direct and star in. Sean has written for theater as well. He co-wrote a comedy entitled Psyche on Vine.
In summer 2018 Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos asked Sean to create and host a podcast for their network, Afterbuzz TV, one of the largest digital networks on the web. The podcast is called Acting Class Weekly With Sean Whalen, where he speaks to actors about the “Show and the Business” of the entertainment industry.
Sean Whalen has a degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.