Sam is a young theatre and opera director. He received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College and in 2006/7 was assistant director to Ian Brown at West Yorkshire Playhouse where he directed MAGPIE PARK by Oliver Emanuel. In 2008 he co-wrote and starred in the sell-out Edinburgh show LEARN TO PLAY THE UKULELE IN UNDER AN HOUR. In 2011 Sam was the first director ever to win both international competitions for emerging opera directors: the Ring Award and the European Opera Directing Prize. He recently directed SIGURD THE DRAGONSLAYER at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich and current UK and European opera projects include JAKOB LENZ (ENO/UK), I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Como), LA CENERENTOLA (Lucerne) and THE GYPSY BARON (Klagenfurt).