SAMANTHA E. TURLINGTON is an actor and vocalist currently living and working in New York City. Along with her performance career, Samantha also works as a director, educator, and production consultant. As a grounded member of both the commercial and independent theater communities, Samantha enjoys working on both established and new works with a concentration on productions that explore and support socially conscious issues.
A few of Samantha's favorite theatrical roles include Ophelia in The Ophelia Theater Group's production of Rockabye Hamlet (first New York Revival), the vivacious Gloria in Soldiers & Other Living Things by Michael Boyd, Mama in Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, Katherina 'the Curst' in Taming of the Shrew, a gender-swapped Leonato(a) in Much Ado About Nothing, and Barker in Ashley Lauren Rogers' body horror play Oddity.
In late 2017, Samantha decided to dip her toes into the film and television world. Her favorite on-screen roles so far include donning the classic blue crime scene gloves as a CSI Agent in Pandora's Box: Unleashing Evil and sharing the heartbreaking story of Dorothy Hajdys and her son on Deadliest Decades: 1990s; both shows aired on the Investigation Discovery channel.
As a vocalist, ensemble work is sometimes just as exciting as solo work. Some of Samantha's favorite vocal ensemble and chorister roles include the Original Studio Cast Recording Ensemble for An American Victory, Wall 2 Wall: Stephen Schwartz at Symphony Space, The Magic Flute at 80WSE Gallery which was named NYTimes Best in Art 2015, Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall, the New York Premiere of Jennifer Higdon's The Singing Rooms at Carnegie Hall, The American Ballet Theater's production of The Tempest, performing with Andrea Bocelli on tour at Madison Square Garden and The Barclays Center, and of course the annual Richard Tucker Gala performance.