MAGNIFYING, No. 5: Sean Carter

September 15 2017

We spoke with School of Dance Executive Secretary, Sean Carter, for this episode of MAGNIFYING. Our creative community here at the College of Fine Arts is diverse and wide spread. With the goal of gaining a deeper knowledge and awareness of the people within our community, we bring you MAGNIFYING, a series dedicated to showcasing the talent of our students, faculty, and staff.


Tell us about yourself: Name, where you are from, what you do and how you got into your field of work.
My name is Sean Carter and I grew up in Aliquippa and Hershey, Pennsylvania. I’m the Executive Secretary for the School of Dance. I honestly got this position by being in the right place at the right time. I was formally the Office Assistant in the School of Dance and when my predecessor decided to leave, I was asked to replace her. I took both positions in an attempt to learn about the varying aspects of being an arts administrator.

Most of my arts background is in the theater as a performer. I’ve also worked behind the scenes as a Patron Services Agent at Hale Centre Theatre (a job I still keep on a part-time basis) I will also be in the theater’s upcoming production of “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida.”

I believe that my future is in the arts and I’m taking steps (professionally and educationally) to make my dream of having my own theater company true.

What has surprised you the most in your life?
Looking back what has surprised me most is just how fortunate, blessed, and even lucky, I’ve been. If you asked 10-year old me, what course my life would take, he wouldn’t even come close to what I’ve been able to achieve. I know it shouldn’t surprise me, but I’ve been able to do some pretty amazing things with just a little patience, determination, humility, hard work and the support of my family and friends. I haven’t reached all of my goals yet, but I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me.

What do you wish you had known/been told?
That’s a hard question to answer, because I believe that I learned and continue to learn things right when I most need them. However, something that I wish didn’t take as long for me to learn to do is to love myself. I still feel like I have some growing to do in the area, as we all do, but I have come a long way from where I once was. Like RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?”