Stage Combat: A Mental Health Story Exposes Goodspeed’s Ghosts

Sean Hayden has become an outspoken mental health advocate, which is a far cry from where he saw himself in 2019. It was then that this professional actor, lawyer, husband, and dog dad, was cast in the Goodspeed Opera Company’s production of Billy Elliot as Dad. But what started as a dream job quickly turned into a nightmare, which would have long lasting effects on Sean’s emotional well-being.

Hear what Hayden has to say about Goodspeed now and how telling his story has shifted his narrative and empowered others.

Listen to “A Conversation with Sean Hayden” on Spreaker.

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DISCLAIMER: On this episode of the podcast, we are talking about emotional trauma, panic disorders, PTSD, and mental health, which might be triggering to some listeners. If you need immediate care, call or text 988 to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Please take care of yourself and each other. For additional resources visit

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