"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 an Actor, Director, Stunt Performer, Stunt Rigger, Physical Theatre Performer, Movement Director, Producer and workshop facilitator. Sam is the co-owner and co-founder of Shock Therapy Productions. Sam is also the General Manager of Zeal Theatre Queensland and has toured Zeal’s productions of The Stones (2005-2010), The Apology (2007-Current) and The Forwards (2007 – Current) throughout Qld since 2005.

Sam has also worked for companies such at Grin n’ Tonic (Monkey - Brisbane Festival 2002), Global Creatures (King Kong – 2011), Spinifex Group (Asian Cup Opening Ceremony – 2015) and Erth (Fish out of Water – Bleach Festival 2015). Sam was the Movement Director for this year’s Woodford Folk Festival Opening Ceremony, coordinating over 100 performers and he will also be a Movement Consultant on a major project for the 2016 Bleach Festival called Shifting Sands.

Sam has worked for many years in the film industry as an Actor, Stunt Performer and Stunt Rigger. In 2012 he worked as a Stunt Performer and Rigger on Mad Max 4 – Fury Road, which was shot in Namibia, South Africa and Australia. Sam has also appeared in a number of short films as and actor.

As a workshop facilitator Sam has worked for Queensland Theatre Company, Qld Arts Council, Grin and Tonic, Soapbox Theatre Productions, Zeal Theatre, Backbone Youth Theatre, The Young Company, ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People), Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) and Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus). Sam has also worked extensively in remote indigenous communities and has taught a range of workshops for hundreds of schools throughout Qld as well as many professional companies around Australia. Sam was also a co-facilitator with Qld Shakespeare Ensemble’s Shakespeare in Prison’s project in 2015.

In 2014 Sam directed a production of The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh, which was performed at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Sam then directed and performed (playing the role of Ariel) in a remounted version of this production at The Brisbane Powerhouse in August 2015. Sam is also co-directing Flood by Chris Isaacs for The Arts Centre Gold Coast Youth Theatre Project this year.

Sam performed the Zeal Theatre production, The Apology at Boggo Road Gaol as part of the 2015 Anywhere Festival. He also produced and performed in another Zeal production, The Forwards at the The Arts Centre Gold Coast 2015. This production is currently on tour throughout Queensland high schools and will be part of Zeal Theatre Queensland’s 2016 touring program.

Sam also devised and performed in a new work called Locked-In that will be performed at the Vinterlysfestivalen (Winter Sun Festival) in Norway in 2017. He is also co-writing another new work with Shock Therapy Productions co-founder, Hayden Jones, called Viral that will be performed at the Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2016 and also tour Qld schools.



– Founder

Hayden is an Actor, Director, Producer, workshop facilitator, co-owner and co-founder of Shock Therapy Productions. He is a graduate of Griffith University’s Applied Theatre, a former ensemble member of the Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe, and a current ensemble member of Zeal Theatre Queensland, renowned for their dynamic and highly physical approach to storytelling.

Hayden has worked for other such companies as Queensland Theatre Company, Erth Visual and Physical inc., pvi collective, Brainstorm Productions, Soapbox Theatre Productions, Seeing Place Productions and Queensland Arts Council (Artslink).

In 2015, Hayden performed in The Pillowman at Brisbane Powerhouse (Shock Therapy Productions), The Forwards at Arts Centre Gold Coast (Shock Therapy Productions/Zeal Theatre), The Apology at the historic Boggo Road Gaol for Anywhere Festival (Zeal Theatre Queensland), Fish Out of Water for Bleach Festival (Erth Visual and Physical inc.), Resist (pvi collective), and site-specific physical theatre/audio tour piece, Time Capsule (Seeing Place Productions).

In 2016, Hayden will perform in Queensland Theatre Company’s Much Ado About Nothing; is co-writing, producing and performing in a new work titled Viral (Shock Therapy Productions), set to premiere at The Arts Centre Gold Coast; co-writing, producing and performing in a new commissioned work for Bleach Festival titled The Magic Garden (Shock Therapy Productions); and co-directing Flood by Chris Isaacs for The Arts Centre Gold Coast Youth Theatre Project.

Other credits include Zoo Story at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and as the live announcer for professional Freestyle Motocross team, ShowtimeFMX. He also performed in a creative development for The Tempest, a collaboration between CIRCA and The Bell Shakespeare Company, and toured to remote communities in the world’s first Forum Theatre show for children, Fair Play. Over the past 12 years he has toured extensively in schools across the country, doing thousands of performances and teaching workshops on a range of theatrical styles with students of all ages.