The family and friends of Seamus Raphael O’Bryan are happy to announce the Seamus Project, the first of what we hope will be other projects honoring the life of our son, brother, and friend.
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-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.”
As singer Jana Stanfield says, “We can’t do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good that we can do.” And we, Seamus’ family, will support all that can be done as long as the interest is alive among you, his friends, and others who have been inspired by the example of his life.
The Seamus Project
In addition to his work in the San Diego theatre community, he did humanitarian work in Haiti and Vanuatu, an island nation in the south Pacific. Because he chose work that was sustainable and life-supporting, we have chosen Wan Smol Bag Theatre for this first project. Wan Smol Bag Theatre is located in Port Vila, Vanuatu, where its mission for nearly 30 years has been to use theatre as an educational tool for raising awareness and public discussion of social and public health issues—a mission that is consistent with Seamus’ own values and his work in the theatre.
Wan Smol Bag is in need of larger storage space for their props and a dressing room for their actors; therefore, we are planning a room addition for their theatre space. Our goal for this first project is $10,000, a project we hope to complete by the end of the year.
You can help
If you would like to help with this project and perhaps with others being planned, you may use the form below for your donation. You will receive a receipt for your contribution to the fund.
The O’Bryan family is prepared to match your contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
Thank you for your help on this project! You can follow the project on Facebook at “Show up for Seamus.”