"Shock Therapy Productions aims to tell stories that are
meaningful thought provoking, dynamic and entertaining,
celebrating both the confronting and cathartic nature of performance."

Shock Therapy Productions aims to establish itself as a leading company in the delivery of high quality, relevant, multidisciplinary performance and a leader in the Arts and Culture Sector on the Gold Coast as well as Nationally and Internationally.


Shock Therapy Productions was founded in January 2015 by close friends Sam Foster and Hayden Jones. Sam and Hayden had known each other for years and had worked together previously but felt inspired to combine forces and create a new and exciting company.

The company’s first official production was a co-production with Zeal Theatre of The Apology, staged at Boggo Road Gaol as part of the 2015 Anywhere Festival in Brisbane. In July 2015 Shock Therapy Productions presented The Forwards at the Arts Centre Gold Coast. This was another collaboration with Zeal Theatre and received critical and box office acclaim.

Following the success of The Forwards, Shock Therapy Productions then presented Martin McDonagh’s award winning play The Pillowman at the Brisbane Powerhouse in August 2015.  Shock Therapy Productions has also been asked to develop a new work Locked In for the Vinterlysfestivalen (Winter Sun Theatre Festival) at Nordland Teater in Norway in 2017. An informal showing of Locked In was presented at the Arts Centre Gold Coast in November 2015.

Shock Therapy Productions has two new productions premiering in 2016. First is Magic Garden which has been commissioned by Bleach Festival and will be presented at Robina Town Centre in March 2016. The second is a new work called Viral which will be presented at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in September 2016 as well as touring throughout Queensland schools.




– Founder

Sam is story teller, performer and theatre maker.  He is an award winning Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Stunt Performer and Stunt Rigger as well as being a Physical Theatre Performer, Movement Director and workshop facilitator. He is the co-owner and co-founder of Shock Therapy Productions.

Sam works in theatre, film and large scale events and has worked for a number of companies and festivals over the past 16 years.  His career has taken him to New York, London, Namibia, South Africa, Denmark, Norway and India as well as all over Australia.



– Founder

Hayden is a performer and contemporary performance maker, working across a range of forms including theatre, installation, immersive experiences and cross art-form collaborations. He has worked as an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and workshop facilitator, for some of Australia’s most recognised and innovative arts organisations. He is also a co-founder of Shock Therapy Productions.
Hayden has an extensive background working in Youth Theatre, Children’s Theatre and Theatre In Education for over 15 years, writing and directing shows for young people, and touring nation-wide performing and teaching workshops.