Sam is a freelance New York based director of theatre and special events across the US and world wide.
He is the director of the critically acclaimed National Tours of Elf the Musical which launched its 6th and 7th company in 2015 with two tours crossing the US, one playing The Theatre at Madison Square Garden! He also directed the National Tour of Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! for Broadway Across America which broke box office records at Radio City Music Hall and the National Tour of The Gazillion Bubble Show. Sam is currently the Associate Director of the current National and International Tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which he also supervised on Broadway and mounted multiple companies world wide. He also served as Associate Director for Elton John’s Broadway musical Lestat. Currently in development is a new musical, 1000 Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, a stage adaptation of the MGM musical Summer Stock, and Lady Lookout about baseball legend Jackie Mitchell. Sam currently serves as the Artistic Director of Skyline Theatre Company, a professional non-profit theatre company in New Jersey.
Sam’s direction of original works include the original two incarnations of Alan Menken’s Broadway musical Leap of Faith in workshop, the original development workshop of Mulan Jr. for Disney Theatrical Productions, two workshop presentations of Sense and Sensibility at Playwrights Horizons and Shakespeare & Company, multiple workshops of the musical At the Back of the North Wind at the Players Theatre, the National Arts Club and The Village Theatre, a workshop of The New Picasso at New World Stages, Treaty 321! at the Lucille Lortel, and Fidelity Futurestage at New World Stages for Richard Frankel Productions. Regionally he recently directed Les Miserables winning the SALT Award for Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical of the Year and Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest, winning the Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Play both at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Sam has worked with many celebrity performers on Broadway, tours and special events including Peter Gallagher, Dick Cavette, Chip Zein, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Christie Carlson Romano, Christianne Noll, Andrew Kennedy, Tim Gunn, Andrea McArdle and Jason Alexander.
Sam has served as Artistic/Producing Director of The Hackmatack Playhouse in Maine, and as Artistic Director of The Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts in Orange County New York. He has also been a guest director at Yale University, Manhattan College, and Longwood College. Sam is a proud member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.