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Sean Connolly '14

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
“From day one, I knew the friends I made at York College would be with me forever.”

Following in the footsteps of a close friend, Sean envisioned himself at York from the moment he stepped onto campus. From the small campus, the history professors he had the opportunity to meet, and the work being done in the performing arts center, Sean was sold on York College. Once deciding to attend, he had to choose his major, and with the great professors he met, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Krug, he knew History was right for him. After graduating, he continued his education at Villanova University for a master’s degree in theatre before starting his work for Historic Philadelphia.

Beginning as a historical interpreter and tour guide, Sean quickly worked his way up to Assistant Director of programs where he writes and directs historical programming in Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park. He says, “It’s the perfect combination of theatre and history”, just like the education he received at York College. If those accomplishments aren’t enough, he founded the Manayunk Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre company where he serves as the Artistic Director. In addition to this, he serves on the Board of Trustees for a historical reenacting group where he does theatre and writes historical programming.

Sean is an exemplary alum who feels his York College education gave him the perfect balance between research, writing, and performance. In the future, he hopes to become a Park Ranger with the National Park Service as well as an Adjunct faculty member at a local college to teach First Person Historical Interpretation.


Enjoyed most during his time at YCP: The debates in Dr. Kennedy's history classes and the friends he made in the theatre.

Involvements at YCP: Political Science Organization (President) and involvements in the theatre department (14 Shows).

Advice to Current Students: “You'll never have that amount of energy again so try everything. Get involved.”

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