The Show Up for Seamus Fund

The family of Seamus Raphael O’Bryan announces the final grants to three projects honoring the life of our son, brother, and friend. The fund will be closed December 31, 2019. 

A graduate of Brophy College Preparatory and Theatre Education at the University of Arizona, Seamus worked in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre before his untimely death in a hit-and-run accident on January 31, 2014. 

A friend of his described him in this way:
“Seamus accepted life as a gift... His example of a way to live: enthusiasm and wonder, compassion and courage... dreams and actions... Seamus took the gifts he saw in his life, and gave them back to all of life around him.”

Other friends have noted that he would often “just show up" where there was a need—usually without being asked.

At an important moment in his incredible life, he wrote:
“I feel that I am destined for more than just the sustainability of my own freedom and lifestyle... at this time in my life I think I need something else. I need to be accomplishing something—something good.”

The 2019 Seamus Projects

Seamus’ early foundation of service to others began in his childhood, through an approach to religious formation known as the Catechesis the Good Shepherd. (Here, he is working with a material designed for reflection on the parable of the Good Samaritan.) 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Photo of a young Seamus O'Bryannurtures the religious potential of the child, respecting the religious values of childhood, primarily those of contemplation and enjoyment of God. This occurs in an environment developmentally prepared for the religious life of children. It is a work founded on that of Maria Montessori and developed further by Montessorian Gianna Gobbi and Hebrew scholar Sofia Cavalletti. 

In addition to his work in Vanuatu, Seamus also did humanitarian work in Haiti following the earthquake of 2010. Through interaction with Médicos Del Mundo (Doctors of the World) he developed a great admiration for their work. 

Médicos Del Mundo 

Seamus O'Bryan with a man in Haiti

(Doctors of the World) is an independent association that works to realize the right to health for all people, especially for vulnerable populations, excluded or victims of natural disasters, famines, diseases, armed conflicts or political violence. Their projects are carried out both in Spain and in 19 countries in Asia, America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The volunteers and professionals who are part of this organization have as their main mission to work towards the fulfillment of the fundamental right to health and the enjoyment of a dignified life for anyone. 

Seamus’ training in theatre education created the desire to see theatre move out into the community at large, which leads us to support another work in his memory, Globe for All. 

Globe for All 

Photo of Seamus O'Bryan

These Old Globe Theatre programs were created to introduce new audiences to not only theatergoing, but also to the process of creating art and the tools to create theatrical art in their own communities. These programs take place in the form of classes and workshops (free) in collaboration with our Community Partners and inside their venues.

You can help

If you would like to help with these projects, you may use the form below for your donation. You will receive a receipt for your tax deductible contribution to the fund. 

Thank you for your help!

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