I have been in the education field for over 20 years, and have been a professional actor for more than 40 years. I’m also an accomplished (and performed) playwright, lyricist, librettist, and author. These areas of expertise are really all about one thing: storytelling. Bring me your story, and I will help you tell it in a fresh, engaging, and memorable way. I will help you unlock doors.
Since 2016, I have been the Performance Coach on the faculty of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Western Colorado University, where I teach a summer intensive in Public Performance and periodically meet with classes virtually during the school year. I coach poets, genre fiction novelists, nature writers, and screenwriters on how to perform readings of their works in front of an audience. I help them understand the differences between words on the page and words on the stage, focusing on the importance of making a connection with the audience. I also cover the similarities and differences between in person and online performance. For a number of years I have also been a virtual adjunct professor for University College/Denver University, where I have taught playwriting, writing for solo performance, and dramatic literature.
As a performer, I have performed both Shakespeare and contemporary plays across the country. I have also made a number of film and television appearances, most notably a 2-season Guest Star role as Mr. Penn/The Ventriloquist/Scarface in Seasons 4 and 5 of Warner Brothers’ Batman prequel TV series Gotham. Please see www.andrewsellon.com for more on my performing career, including my voiceover work.
On the corporate side, I had a 20+ year business relationship with MetLife, first as an employee and then as a freelance consultant. I was the sole trainer for their Legal Affairs department for many years. Other clients have included Hess Corporation, BlackRock, Bessemer Trust, New York Public Library, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and many more.
I’m a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP.
I hold a B.A. cum laude in English and American Literature from Harvard College, and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Please see my Testimonials page for feedback on my most recent coaching work. Please see my profile on LinkedIn for a selection of business references.
By the way: I am using John Tenniel’s famous illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There on this site as they are extremely apt for the topics at hand. After all, Lewis Carroll was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Enjoy!