Sammy believes that creating thoughtful and innovative stories for young audiences is essential for our next generation of dreamers. As a director, he utilizes tools from commedia del'arte, dance, yoga, and mis-en-scène movement to provide young audiences with a visceral theatre experience. He is currently directing SAME SAME, BUT DIFFERENT, a new virtual production premiering at the New York City Children's Theatre Company in March 2021. In 2020, he co-directed, produced & designed the "Zoom Edition" of BRADICAL & THE PINK SOCKS, a new musical by Melissa Rose Hirsch & Christopher Hlinka, with music by Preston Max Allen. This 20-minute "Zoom Edition" is also streaming on the new digital platform Broadway On Demand.
Other directing highlights include A LETTER TO AUNTIE ROSA by Angelica Chéri with original a cappella music by RANGE Music, THE WHITE PEACOCK at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe created by Celia Madeoy, in addition to various concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theater, The Cutting Room, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
While attending Syracuse University, Sammy was the president of BLACK BOX PLAYERS (a student-run theatre company) and the assistant director for the mainstage production of 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, which inspired him to start his own theatre company post-graduation. From 2013—2017 he was the Producing Artistic Director & Co-Founder of Diverging Elements Theatre Co., a non-profit dedicated to creating theatre experiences for young audiences that spark thought, stimulate discussion, and initiate change. Under his direction, they created "Stories in 4D", an interactive multimedia storytelling experience with performances, talkbacks and hands-on crafts individually created to promote and explore stories written and illustrated by local New York authors and artists. Within this program, they adapted eleven children's books into short plays, which included a study guide specific for each story. The company collaborated closely with Strand Book Store, Barnes and Noble, Book Culture and performed at The Children's Museum of Manhattan, JCC Manhattan, and local NYC schools.
In addition, the Diverging Elements team created original movement-based performance pieces that highlighted people who overcame the toughest odds and prevailed victoriously in fighting for what they believe in. Some of the stories they created: Anne Frank, Kimberly Reed, Cheryl Strayed, Lawrence King, Pocahontas, Inez Milholland and Tony Sarg.
As a performer, Sammy worked at Cabrillo Stage, Syracuse Stage, and toured the country in SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL and the Syracuse Stage Regional Children's Tour of A THOUSAND CRANES. He is a proud graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
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