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Philip Holder - Film & TV Tutor

Sam Foster


Sam is a story teller, performer and theatre maker. He has worked as an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Stunt Performer, Stunt Rigger, Physical Theatre Performed, Movement Director and workshop facilitator. He is the co-owner and co-founder of Shock Therapy Productions. 

Sam works in theatre, film and large scale events and has worked for a number of companies and festivals over the past 16 years. His career has taken him to New York, London, Namibia, South Africa, Denmark, Norway and India as well as all over Australia.

In 2015, Sam received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Taurus World Stunt Award for his role as a stunt performer and rigger in "Mad Max - Fury Road". He was also awarded Best Director at the 2015 Matilda Awards for Shock Therapy's production of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman". 

Sam was involved as a physical performer in the creative development of "King Kong - The Musical" by Global Creature. He has been part of the creative team for further developments of the show in London and New York in preparation for the show's Broadway premier in 2018.

In 2016, Sam co-wrote and co-directed a new play called "Viral" which premiered at the Arts Centre Gold Coast in September 2016. The play received critical acclaim and was awarded the 2016 Matilda Award for Best Independent Production. The show was also nominated for Best New Australian Work, Best AV Design and Sam was nominated for Best Actor. 

Sam has worked extensively on large scale events as a director and movement director. In 2015, he was assistant to Gavin Robins on the Opening Ceremony of the Asia Cup. Sam was the Movement Director for the Woodford Folk Festival Opening Ceremony in 2016 and was also a Movement Consultant on "Shifting Sands", a major project for the 2016 Bleach Festival.

Sam has extensive experience as a workshop facilitator. He has worked for Queensland Theatre Company, NIDA, Queensland Arts Council, Grin and Tonic, Soapbox Theatre Productions, Zeal Theatre, Backbone Youth Theatre, The Young Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, Empire Theatre, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, Drama Queensland and Griffith University. He has also worked as a facilitator with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble's "Shakespeare in Prison's project" in 2015. 

His company, Shock Therapy Productions, has been commissioned to create a new work for Festival 2018 as part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. It is a site specific, immersive theatre piece written and directed by Sam and Shock Therapy co-founder Hayden Jones. The work will premier in April, 2018 as part of Festival 2018.

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