Sam has been the Associate Director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the past 20 years on Broadway and worldwide. He is the director of the critically acclaimed US national tours of Elf the Musical which has had 13 companies across seven years playing The Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Sam developed and directed The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical which tours the US, and the world premiere national tour of the new musical Noël with book by best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl book series, Eoin Colfer. He is currently developing a new musical, A Thousand Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, the musical Unbelievable, about American baseball legend Jackie Mitchell, and a stage adaptation of the MGM musical Summer Stock.
Sam directed Les Misérables at Cortland Repertory Theatre, winning the SALT Award for Best Director of a Musical along with Best Musical of the Year. He also won the Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Play for his direction of Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest also at CRT.
Other national tours directed; Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live! Which broke box office records at Radio City Music Hall and The Gazillion Bubble Show.
Sam’s direction of original works include the two original incarnations of Alan Menken’s Broadway musical Leap of Faith in workshop, the original developmental workshop of Mulan Jr. for Disney Theatrical Productions, a workshop presentation of Sense and Sensibility at Playwrights Horizons, workshops of the musical At the Back of the North Wind at the National Arts Club and The Village Theatre, a workshop of The New Picasso at New World Stages, Treaty 321! at the Lucille Lortel, and Fidelity Futurestage at New World Stages for Richard Frankel Productions.
He is a founding member and currently serves as the Artistic Director of Skyline Theatre Company, a professional non-profit theatre company in New Jersey.