Samantha has been working for Crystal Theatre since 1999 and became a full-time member of the staff in 2008. She has directed over 50 musicals since she began directing in 2004. Before her job as director, Samantha worked as a teaching assistant, stage manager, and sound technician. In 2008, Samantha created Crystal Theatre's first preschool acting program which has flourished into a popular activity for those under the age of 5. Two years ago, Samantha penned the musical Coming of Age, using music from her 90’s pop group Krystal. Samantha is currently working on writing other musicals for elementary and high school students.
Samantha earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and Communication & Theater Arts from Western Connecticut State University in 2006, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is also a certified Elementary School teacher and taught Kindergarten at Rowayton Elementary School for three years before she began working for Crystal Theatre full time. Samantha is also the Educational Coordinator for the Norwalk Historical Society where she is the director of their Little Red Schoolhouse program. Samantha also writes for and directs the Society's ever-popular A Haunting at Mill Hill ghost walk and organizes various educational events throughout the year.
Performing since the age of 10, Samantha has performed in over one hundred productions in Fairfield County, as well as in the Off-Broadway production of Cleopatraat the Midtown International Theater Festival in 2008. She has also been featured on numerous Crystal Theatre Publishing CDs, including Snow Queen, Cleopatra, and Hungarian Nights.
Samantha's involvement with Crystal Theatre began back in 1993 when she was 10 years old. 2013 will be a very special year for her since it will be Samantha's 20th year with the program. After college, Samantha was eager to get back to her roots and teach at the place where “it all began” for her. Samantha’sfavorite Crystal Theatre experience was performing with founder Cheryl Kemeny in Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children in 2007 noting that it was the first time she had ever performed with Cheryl. She adds that performing with Crystal as a child was an experience she will never forget, and that it gave her memories she will always cherish. Samantha remarks that “the purpose [of Crystal Theatre] is not to create professional child stars. The purpose is to build a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem, using theatre as a way to help children become confident adultsâ€¦theatre can help shape who you become.”