Sam Turlington is a multifaceted theatre artist from New York City. They hold a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Classical and Contemporary Text from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from The New School and a Conservatory Certificate in Musical Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
As a grounded member of both the commercial and independent theater communities, Sam is committed to championing projects that explore and support socially conscious issues and thrives in the creative process for both new and established works. In particular, they are interested in queer-centric stories that share the joy and celebration of the queer experience. In addition to a performance career as an actor and vocalist, Sam is equally at home as a director, educator, and consultant.
Notable theatrical roles include Touchstone in As You Like It, Eleanor in The Virgin Trial, Alice in the NYC Off-Broadway Premiere of Are You Alice?: A New Wonderland Tale, Ophelia in Rockabye Hamlet, Gloria in the NYC premiere of Soldiers & Other Living Things by Michael Boyd, Katherina in Taming of the Shrew, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, the Barker in Ashley Lauren Rogers' body horror play Oddity which debuted at The Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn, Emma Carew in Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde, and Mrs. Jones in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Sam has performed extensively as an vocalist with appearances including 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 the annual Richard Tucker Gala performance with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Not limited to the stage, Sam also works on-camera both commercially and independantly. Recently they co-starred in a short instrumental film, One Minute Before, by French filmmaker Jérémie Dameme. They also appeared in the short film Z-Stuy, which won the Indie Spirit Award and was nominated for Socially Conscious Narrative in the Women in Horror Film Festival 2018. Sam has appeared on Pandora's Box: Unleashing Evil, and as Dorothy Hajdys on Deadliest Decades: 1990s; both programs airing on the Investigation Discovery channel.