Sam is story teller, performer and theatre maker. He has worked as an Actor,
Director, Writer, Producer, Stunt Performer, Stunt Rigger, 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
Some of the companies and festivals he has worked for include; Zeal Theatre,
Queensland Theatre, Grin n’ Tonic, Qld Shakespeare Ensemble, NIDA, NORPA,
Griffith University, ATYP, Backbone Youth Arts, QLD Arts Council, Global Creatures
(King Kong), Spinifex Group, Jack Morton Worldwide, Erth, Arts Centre Gold Coast,
Brisbane Festival, Bleach Festival, Woodford Folk Festival (Fire Event Performance
Director), Vinterlysfestivalen (Norway), Godsbanen (Denmark), Asia Cup Opening
Ceremony and Warner Bros (Mad Max Fury Road).
In 2015 Sam received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Taurus World Stunt
Award for his role as a stunt performer and rigger in Mad Max –Fury Road. He was
also awarded Best Director at the 2015 Matilda Awards for Shock Therapy’s
production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. The show was also awarded
Best Independent Production and Best Supporting Actor.
Sam was involved as physical performer in the creative development of King Kong
– The Musical by Global Creature. He has been part of the creative team for further
developments of the show in London and New York in preparation for the shows
Broadway premiere in 2018.
In 2016 Shock Therapy Productions was commissioned by Bleach* Festival to write
a site-specific show for families. Sam co-wrote and performed (with Hayden Jones)
a new work called The Magic Garden, which was a promenade style show,
performed in the gardens of Robina Town Centre Shopping Centre, for all ages
exploring the role of the imagination.
In 2016 Sam co-wrote and co-directed a new play called Viral which premiered at
the Arts Centre Gold Coast in September 2016. The play received critical acclaim
and was awarded the 2016 Matilda Award for Best Independent Production. The
show was also nominated for Best New Australian Work, Best AV Design and Sam
was nominated for Best Actor.
In 2016 Shock Therapy Productions directed the Youth Theatre Project at The Arts
Centre Gold Coast and Sam and Hayden Jones co-directed a production of Flood
written by Chris Isaacs.
Sam has worked extensively on large scale events as a director and movement
director. In 2015, he was assistant to Gavin Robins on the Opening Ceremony of
the Asia Cup. In 2016 Sam was the Movement Director for the Woodford Folk
Festival Opening Ceremony and he was also a Movement Consultant on a major
project for the 2016 Bleach Festival called Shifting Sands (Directed by Donna
Jackson). In 2017 Sam was to take on the role as Performance Director for the Fire
Event at Woodford Folk Festival which he has done for the past 2 years.
Sam has extensive experience as a workshop facilitator. He has worked for
Queensland Theatre Company, NIDA, Qld Arts Council, Grin and Tonic, Soapbox
Theatre Productions, Zeal Theatre, Backbone Youth Theatre, The Young Company
(Cairns), ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People), Empire Theatre (Toowoomba),
NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), Drama Queensland and Griffith
University (Gold Coast Campus). He has also worked as a facilitator with Qld
Shakespeare Ensemble’s Shakespeare in Prison’s project in 2015.
Over the past 15 years Sam has toured extensively in secondary schools
throughout Australia mainly with Zeal Theatre. He was the General Manager of Zeal
Theatre Queensland for 12 years and has toured Zeal’s productions of The Stones
(2005-2010), The Apology (2007– Current) and The Forwards (2007 – Current)
throughout Qld since 2005. In 2009 Sam travelled to India to perform The Stones
at the “AHA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL”. He is also currently touring an
"in schools version" of Shock Therapy’s award winning production Viral.
In 2017 Sam performed a new physical theatre work called Locked In that he cocreated with Veronica Neave. The show was performed in Aarhus, Denmark and
also at the Vinterlysfestivalen in Mo i Rana, Norway.
Sam is directing a major production, which is in development called Odysseus:
Live, which is a live retelling of the Homer's Odyssey, told by performance poet
and hip hop artist, Luka Lesson in front of a live orchestra.
His company Shock Therapy Productions has been commissioned to create a new
work for Festival 2018 as part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It is a site
specific, immersive theatre piece written and directed by Sam and Shock Therapy
co-founder Hayden Jones. The work will premiere in April, 2018 as part of Festival