Meet the Team: Sam French (Director, The Dolls of New Albion)

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Sam French co-directed Jimmy!: A Musical Fable with Almost No Historical Basis for NTSA back in 2014. Since then, he’s directed Millicent Scowlworthy at Uncanny Valley (NYC), Baskerville at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, The Beatles Present “The Lord of the Rings: The Musical!” at The Brick (NYC, with fellow NTSA alum Kyle Wilson), and Action at Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

" [Baskerville is] a show sure to delight a wide audience — but it will perhaps particularly shine for those who simply love the medium of theater and want to see it utilized to its fullest storytelling potential." - Up and Coming Weekly

"[The Beatles Present . . . is] an excellent performance that will make you laugh like a fool . . . performed by an incredibly talented group of young performers, and perfect for a laugh-filled (and tipsy) night on the town." - Theatre Is Easy

Sam is also an accomplished playwright, having penned shows like Freaks: a legend about growing up, which premiered at the New York City Fringe Festival and was called “poetically courageous” (Theater in the Now) and “intelligent, lyrical, and rich . . . a refreshing new work by a promising new playwright” (David Roberts, Director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers [SDC] Foundation). He’s also assistant directed at theatres including Playwrights Horizons (NYC), Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Hartford Stage where he worked on shows like recent Broadway transfer Anastasia.

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Sam recently wrapped up work on Kragtar: An American Monster Musical at Theatre Now New York off-Broadway, co-written with Kyle Wilson, which was praised by StageBuddy as "witty, sharp, and relevant" with "all the potential to be a new cultural icon."

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s John Wells Directing Program, Sam directed a show back in college entitled A Robot Performs David Ives’ All In the Timing. Created in conjunction with the CMU Robotics Institute, A Robot Performs . . . featured world-famous robot HERB performing selections from David Ives’ All in the Timing with a human scene partner. As CMU writes on their website: “Researchers and students from CMU’s Robotics Institute and School of Drama worked for months to prepare HERB . . . When he is not acting, HERB serves as the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software, and other technology.”

With that kind of history, how could Sam not be the natural choice for a chamber opera about steampunk automatons? We cannot wait to work with Sam again this season — and we hope that you’ll join us on The Dolls of New Albion!

Posted on Jan 05, 2018 in About NTSA  

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