SEBASTIAN SIEGEL is a British-American director, author,  and integral artist working in fields of psychology, performance, and filmmaking.

FILM   Sebastian adapted the screenplay, directed, and produced the feature film, GRACE AND GRIT, based on Ken Wilber’s acclaimed book, anticipated for release in 2020 (teaser here). Sebastian gave an in depth interview about prep, casting, and production on the film at The Daily Evolver.

Sebastian wrote, directed, and produced SECRET AGENT BEACH (2017) and its prequel trailer, BRITISH SECRET AGENT (2015), to promote acclaimed European films for HIFF and its subsidiary HEC Festival.  He wrote, produced, and directed the documentary, AWAKENING WORLD (Beyond Words Publishing, VOD, and Amazon), which received the largest audience in the 20 year history of The Sedona International Film Festival.  The film won Most Inspiring Documentary in Miami, was selected as the Centerpiece film for AFFMA, acclaimed by ABC News, The Hallmark Channel, MyFM, and serves to inspire connective discussions at select events and as part of an ongoing program with LA County Probation.  The second installment of this project, SPIRIT OF EVOLUTION, is currently filming.  Sebastian holds rights and options to a number of books and true stories. He is developing the series BLOOD, LOVE, POWER based on the novel, By Love Fulfilled, the feature film, MAN Vs OCEAN, adapted from the book of the same title and based on a true story, and is directing and producing the feature, LIFE COACH.  He is represented by Neil Sacker.

EARLY LIFE   Sebastian Siegel was born in Oxford, England. He grew up part-time with his father in Hawaii and lived part of each year with his mother and stepfather in Texas.  His father, Lee Siegel, is a widely acclaimed author and professor of Indian religions. His grandfather was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Siegel's maternal grandfather, Leonard Thompson, was a professor, acclaimed author and active opponent of apartheid. Siegel’s grandmother, Noreen Nash, was a silver screen actress.

IDEAS   Siegel’s first book, Die Bewusstseinsrevolution (The Consciousness Revolution: Meditations for a New World), published by Giger/Verlag, is available here on Amazon and at stores across Switzerland and Germany. He writes and talks on consciousness, joy, happiness, intimacy, compassion, will, the relationship between food and moral accountability, eternal life and intuition. He cites Ken Wilber, Alan Watts, Ramana Maharshi, Joseph Campbell and mentor James Whitmore as strong influences, and as a kid, his father’s teachings on Zen and comics he brought back from India on Rama, Kali, Ganesha and Shakti. In 1983 Siegel met Campbell with his father on Oahu, Hawaii.

ACTOR   (Reel at IMDb here) Sebastian predominately plays pivotal character roles:  Psychologist Leland Tierny in THE LAST DAYS OF NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON;  British CIA, Jeffrey, on ABC’s Quantico;  Holloway, the Moroccan Special Ops on HAWAII FIVE-0 (seasons 1 and 7);  Don Halloran in THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS (seasons 7 and 8);  British entertainment host, Billy, in MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS;  Tony Dash on BET’s THE FAMILY BUSINESS;  The Guard of the Sovereign Nation in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2;  Edward Lewis, the gangster boss in ABDUCTED;  the demonic Dr. Suave in FUNHOUSE MASSACRE;  Hector, the google-eyed government operative in THE FINDER;  Erik, the vigilante “other” in LOST;  Nick, the unlikely hero in THE FAMILY THAT PREYS;  Jones, the villain in HAWAII FIVE-0 (season 1);  Hiram, the eccentric CEO in JUST BE YOURSELF;  Cardiologist Dr. Bailey in NOTE TO SELF;  the cult leader in STRUCK;  in roles like Judas Iscariot, in indie films INDIE IS GREAT, ATHEIST, RISK, as well as roles on FAMILY GUY, FLASH FORWARD, BAYWATCH HAWAII, CSI MIAMI, and in the EuroCinema trailers CASTAWAY, SECRET AGENT, and SECRET AGENT BEACH.  Siegel began in theatre at seven years, was accepted to the University of Hawaii at fifteen to study drama, and won the Drama Prize at Kent School,.  He expresses his interest in theatre as a “first form of meditative practice and experience of a safe and near limitless space for dynamic personal exploration and expression”.  He has studied with Sandra Caruso, the Aquila-Morong studio, Gary Marks, John Coppola, and rehearsed character material for nearly ten years with the late James Whitmore. Sebastian plays the role of Greg in HOT TRAGIC DEAD THING on stage at The Blank theatre in November, 2019. He  is represented by LoveStone and Richard Kerner of KMA.

HOBBY & OTHER MEDIA   Shortly after moving to California he became widely recognized for appearing on over one hundred magazine covers from Men’s Fitness to Iron Man and FitnessRx. In an interview he describes his physicality as "strictly a byproduct of the love for transcending physical limits, igniting emotional highs and disciplining mental will".  Photographers Steven Meisel, David La Chapelle and Robert Fleischauer have photographed him for covers, campaigns and billboards in Times Square.

Siegel enjoys collaborating with friends and innovators across fields of art and culture. His series of custom acrylic texture on canvas were first featured at the Janssen Gallery in Palm Springs. He played a cameo in the widely known campaign for Geico, in Lil’ Wayne’s Tapout, and rapped the lyrics for “Green Tea Partay” which set a You Tube record for most views in a single day.

Sebastian was opening night speaker at Sedona World Wisdom Days, served as an advocate for the ADA, as a surrogate speaker for Governor Schwarzenegger, has been welcomed as a special guest on numerous talk shows, is a children’s mentor reader for the Screen Actors Guild, is a supporter of The Smile Train, Greenpeace, Best Buddies, and writes poetic philosophy for The Huffington Post. Sebastian works in private practice in Los Angeles, California where he is developing works across a range of media focused on film and books, all with underlying themes of transcendence, including Guided Lucid Dreaming

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”As a writer, producer, and director Sebastian Siegel has created compelling

content that’s received ovations and delivered sold out screenings at multiple festivals.

His vision and collaborative result in the generation of exceptional film media.”

~ HIFF Exec Director, Robert Lambeth

"Bang, bang, bang, so many insights fired off in rapid order

with each chapter being a stand-alone meditation inviting me to some unfamiliar place.

It reminds me of how Japanese Buddhists chant the scriptures, which are written in Chinese

but sounded out phonetically in Japanese, resulting in a ritual language. This book's chanting

is seductive and it's filled with stories and lessons to be learned, that is, understood. Siegel makes the language go all the way to a place it cannot go, and winds up pointing to a kind of mystery, deep within, far without, but real as he contends it is. I found myself wondering:

where did these words come from - the writer, the seducer of spirit?"


~ George Tanabe, Former Chairman, Dept. of Religions, University Hawai'i at Manoa

- specialty in Buddhism.

"Sebastian Siegel draws insights into the beauty and complexities of the human condition with an inspiring and original voice.”  

~ Marianne Williamson

photo: Bobby Quillard