Sam’s first job in casting was as a Casting Assistant for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Subsequently she worked as an Assistant to various prestigious Casting Directors
including Joyce Nettles, Michelle Guish and Siobhan Bracke.
In 1995, as Casting Director for the Almeida Theatre, she cast several plays including:
1953 directed by Patrick Marber,
VENICE PRESERVED directed by Ian McDiarmid
and the infamous GANGSTER NO. 1 directed by Jonathan Kent.
On leaving the Almeida she worked on the ’97 Globe Theatre season with Siobhan Bracke and was then invited by Terry Hands to become Casting Director for Clwyd Theatr Cymru. She went on to cast his first two seasons for the theatre which won the 1998 TMA Best Theatre Award.
Concurrently she expanded her freelance career casting plays for, among others, English Touring Theatre, The Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Salisbury Playhouse, Contact Theatre, Manchester, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Tricycle, The Almeida Theatre, The Opera Group and the Teatrul Dramatic Constantza, Romania.
She subsequently became Head of Casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company and presided over the multi-award winning Histories Company, David Tennant’s HAMLET and Sir Ian McEllan’s KING LEAR, among others. On leaving there she was invited to become Casting Director for the newly formed National Theatre Wales - already multi-award winning and now in its fourth year of productions.
Notable theatre work includes:
Steven Berkoff’s MESSIAH: SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION;
Various productions for Peter Hall including TANTALUS for the RSC/DCPA, CUCKOOS, THE ROYAL FAMILY, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN and MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION for Theatre Royal, Haymarket and the Bath Festival 2003;
THE RAMAYANA for the Royal National Theatre;
THE FIREWORK-MAKER'S DAUGHTER and THE EVOCATION OF PAPA MAS for Told by an Idiot;
ANOTHER COUNTRY for the Arts Theatre;
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG and UP FOR GRABS, both for the Ambassadors Theatre Group;
ABIGAIL'S PARTY for Hampstead Theatre/ATG;
AFTER MRS ROCHESTER, MADAME BOVARY, GONE TO EARTH, BRONTE and MINE ALL for Shared Experience;
FORTY WINKS for the Royal Court;
JOURNEY'S END (West End and Tours);
DINNER and YING TONG for Michael Codron;
NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS and currently THE WILD BRIDE for Kneehigh;
MONKEY!, CRUEL AND TENDER AND SWEET NOTHINGS (both directed by Luc Bondy), I AM THE WIND, directed by Patrice Chereau, and HAMLET starring Michael Sheen and directed by Ian Rickson, all for the Young Vic;
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, BETRAYAL, OLD TIMES, MOJO and ELECTRA for Sonia Friedman Productions, all directed by Ian Rickson.
Sam has recently been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.