is a writer, composer, plant dad, Doctor Who stan and Leslie Knope worshipper who loves Disney Imagineering, outer space, croissants, environmental sustainability, and Oxford commas... and he's glad you're here!
Sam's MUSICALS include Bhangin' It with playwrights Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew (2019 Richard Rodgers Award, La Jolla Playhouse, 2021); Yo, Vikings! with Marcus Stevens (published by Concord / Samuel French) ; Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!!; the mini-musical Scarlet Takes a Tumble; and additional lyrics for the stage adaptation of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. TV: HBO's Emmy-nominated Song of Parkland. PUPPETS: Wake Up, Daisy!, also with Marcus Stevens (Central Park's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater). Sam's work has received the Kleban Prize, a Jonathan Larson Grant, the ASCAP Foundation's Harold Adamson and Cole Porter Awards, the Fred Ebb Award, MAC's John Wallowitch Award, the Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award, Interlochen's Maddy Summer Artist Award... and two high school Cappies.
Sam receiving the Fred Ebb Award.
Sam has been artist-in-residence at Harvard University, the Jerome Robbins Foundation's Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals (Lincoln Center), The O'Neill Theater Center, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Goodspeed Musicals, Merrimack Repertory Theater, and ConEd / Exploring the Metropolis. His work has been seen around the world, in venues big [Radio City Music Hall, Emirates Heritage Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE) The Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage & Terrace Theater), Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center] and small [Comédie Nation (Paris), with Broadway Au Carré, Cornelia Street Café, The Red Barn Theater (Key West)].
In 2018, Sam co-founded and coordinated the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Songwriting Initiative in the aftermath of the Parkland FL high school shooting, pairing student and teacher survivors with NYC composers to collaborate on 31 new songs. He is a proud contributing writer to Korean children's language program English Egg, for whom he's written over 140 educational kids' tunes, as well as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center's Songwriting in Schools Program.
Sam originally hails from Langley, VA. He is an alum of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, NYU-Steinhardt, the BMI Workshop, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship. He lives in an NYU residence hall with his partner Daniel, where they serve as dorm guncles.