Exclusively teaching each session, he has 35 years experience in the industry – teaching and coaching for the last 15 years. Established as the prominent Method practitioner in the UK, Sam’s experience in Method, his training, and body of teaching enables him to develop the actor’s “instrument”, evolving their acting technique – and unlocking their true creative potential. He has been reviewed and written about in the national TV, Radio, and Press as well as in the international press in regard to his teaching and collaboration with Gillian Wearing on Self Made, which also reflected Sam’s work as a director and creative practitioner outside of his teaching.
Outside his private teaching Sam also has been a lecture at The Actors Centre for 14 year, taught regular classes in both Denmark and Sweden. He has taught workshops as well in Poland, Italy. In the UK he also given workshops on The Creative Process at The Whitechapel Art Gallery as well as The Hayward Gallery and The London Collage of Culture. Each year Sam is Guest Lecturer at Feature Expanded held in Manchester through June. He also works privately with several established actors from stage, Screen and TV.
As an Actor, Sam has worked with amongst others Helen Mirren / John Thaw / Bill Paterson / John Simm / Rufus Sewell / Roger Lloyd Pack and Penelope Wilton. In becoming a Leading Method Teacher & a respected Acting Coach, he has taught or coached amongst others Natalie Press / John Nayagam / Claire Keelan / Meredith Ostrom / Margo Stilly / Natalie Mendoza.
Since joining the NYT in 1980, Sam has worked & focused on the craft of acting. In both the Lyric Youth Theatre & the NYT for 5 years, he received a broad theatrical training in improv; mime; devised theatre and performing both classical and modern scripts. He’s also toured the UK, as well as been in several plays on the London stage and leading in Radio Four’s presentation of “Good Lads at Heart”.
Sam then went on to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama taking their 3 year Professional acting program, under the teaching of amongst others Patsy Rodenburg (voice coach), movement with Sue Lefton (Laban, Animal Exercise, Mask, Chorography), Kenneth Rea (Improvisation, Commedia Del Arte), Doreen Cannon (Stanislavski, Uta Hagen) graduating in 1988 from when he started his acting career. In the mid 90’s, Sam started training with Tony Greco in London, Los Angeles, and New York for 6 years, studying along side members of class such as Raquel Cassidy & Eva Pope and in the US, fellow members Gina Ravera, Hill Harper and Kirk Baltz. Tony was a member of the Actors Studio and one of 14 people to study with Lee Strasberg in his program to train members of the Studio to teach Method.
Taking his teaching qualification in 2001, Sam then started teaching Method at Warrington College in their various acting programs and esatblised Method Acting in 2002.
Outside of his teaching, Sam is also a theatre director and creative practitioner. In 2010, Sam worked in collaboration both in front of and behind the camera with Britain’s Turner prize winning artist Gillian Wearing on her debut feature film, “Self Made”. Self Made is a unique film which has received critical acclaim in various festivals such as MoMA in New York, The Dublin International Film Festival, SXSW in Texas as well as both the BFI film festival & The Birds Eye here in London. Also as Artistic Director of the The Ensemble, he has just directed “Trading Faces” which received two Offies awards nominations for Best New Play & Best Actress and a selection of strong theatre reviews which follows on from their critically successful production of “Work” in 2008.
Radio 4 interveiw
The Ensemble is composed of invited members from his class – its motto “Each to their potential and the potential of all” is the logical extension of the work in class, centering on the notion that started with the work of Konstantin Stanislavski. This includes “How does the actor enable the Creative State of Being and thus unlock the greater potential of the play” and “How to unlock the actor’s instrument and bring about a genuine inspired engagement with the character and the writing”. Working from the work of Lee Strasberg, the Ensemble attempts to address the central creative challenges of relaxation, comprehension and inspiration. The focus is on establishing an ongoing and expanding ensemble where each component of a collective group – writer, director, actor – get the creative support to realize and evolve their potential in their separate fields within a cross pollinating body of practitioners. It encourages these relationships to be maintained and grow through each body of work, making intimate, fervent, inspiring theatre where the senses are engaged and the soul is set free.