Sebastian Born took a degree in maths and philosophy at Cambridge. He worked as a stage manager at the Open Space Theatre and the Bush Theatre from 1975 to 1977, before joining the Theatre Royal Stratford East
as Assistant Director from 1977 to 1979. He was the first Literary Manager of the Bush Theatre from 1981 to 1985. In 1986 he joined James Sharkey Associates as an agent for writers and directors, moving on to Curtis Brown in 1990 as Head of the Media Rights Dept. He was a Founding Partner and Director of The Agency (London) Ltd from 1995 to 2004. After spending two years in Australia, he was Associate Director (Literary) of the National Theatre in London from 2007 to 2016. Since leaving the National he has worked as a freelance dramaturg and consultant.