Sean P. Gallagher (B.F.A., P.T., C.P.T., C.F.P., M.S.) is the owner of and master physical therapist at Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master Pilates teacher and teacher of teachers at his studio in New York City, The New York Pilates Studio®. He has opened Authentic Pilates™ studios domestically in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Fort Myers, and Bryn Mawr, and internationally in Australia, Brazil, France, and The Netherlands. With Romana Kryzanowska, Gallagher developed the first teacher training manual for Authentic Pilates™, and he was instrumental in getting the Pilates method recognized and taught around the world. Gallagher is the owner of the largest collection of archival material on Joseph Pilates and founded the Pilates Guild®, an international organization dedicated to the preservation of Authentic Pilates™. Additionally, Gallagher has published three books: The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, The Collected Works of Joseph Pilates, and The Joseph H. Pilates Archive Collection.
As a physical therapist, Gallagher has provided backstage physical therapy care at more than 165 Broadway productions. Gallagher is a Feldenkrais practitioner and has studied massage in Thailand and the Philippines, acupuncture in Vietnam and the United States, and yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar in India. He has also completed three years of training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. With more than 40 years of dance and physical therapy experience, he has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self-care program available to performers today. Gallagher was Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Somatics, and Authentic Pilates™ at Marymount Manhattan College for 4 years and Adjunct Professor of Gross Anatomy in New York University’s Physical Therapy program for 9 years. From 2009 to 2018 he was a New York State-certified Emergency Medical Technician, and in 2012 Gallagher completed his M.S. in Clinical Nutrition at Bridgeport University. He also collects old books on medicine, exercise, and health. This will be Gallagher’s 20th season teaching Pilates at Jacob’s Pillow.