Samantha Baird

Samantha Baird

Sam (she/her) is an award-winning director who has experience in nearly every area that theatre has to offer, all while remaining a stay-at-home mom to one sweet little munchkin. She has a BA degree in Theatre Arts Studies from BYU where she focused her studies on directing and dramaturgy. Currently she is an MA candidate at SUU in the Arts Administration program. Her passions are advocating for human rights...
Sam (she/her) is an award-winning director who has experience in nearly every area that theatre has to offer, all while remaining a stay-at-home mom to one sweet little munchkin. She has a BA degree in Theatre Arts Studies from BYU where she focused her studies on directing and dramaturgy. Currently she is an MA candidate at SUU in the Arts Administration program. Her passions are advocating for human rights and celebrating new works. She won Best Director (for The Days Come and Go and Literally) at Avonlea Theater Company’s Six Feet Apart Festival and her ten-minute play Out There was selected for production at the Utah New Works Theatre Project’s 2020 Utah New Works Ten (and promptly cancelled due to COVID-19). When she's not working on a theatre project she's probably searching for her next one or watching Gilmore Girls.

Plays

  • Out There
    Payton and Ashton are twins who are very close and will do anything to take care of each other. The kicker is, they haven't been born yet. Taking place inside of their mother's womb just moments before their birth, Out There explores the questions of where we come from and what we are aware of before birth.
  • How I Lost My Mind at the DMV
    Charlotte is you when you don't want to go to the DMV in the first place but you have to and then when you do go it feels like your time there just goes on and on and on kind of like this sentence. While she sits, just waiting, Charlotte meets a few characters who help to pass her time a little bit, but not enough.
  • The Ghost Light
    As an abandoned theatre of their past is about to be torn down, Billy and Jennifer discover something (or rather, someone) they never could have imagined.

Recommended by Samantha Baird

  • SMITE ME
    22 Jul. 2021
    The dialogue and commentary on religion are very fascinating. I appreciated the arc that each character went through by the end of the script. This playwright has a lot to say. Abortion and religion are very hot topics right now. This is a great way to continue that conversation.
  • The Dictionary Project: The 1 Page Plays
    14 Jun. 2021
    The Dictionary Project is a delightful glimpse into not only the lives of very real characters but also a glimpse into the life of the playwright who wrote them. I loved reading these micro plays and just kept wanting more.
  • LAST GLEAMING
    4 May. 2021
    The structure of this script is very interesting. Each administration takes place in it's own act and they don't really all come together until the final act. I love the political genre and the final act focusing on Nixon. It has a lot of mirroring to our country’s recent history. As a daughter of a history teacher, historical plays tend to hold a special place in my heart.
  • The After
    4 May. 2021
    I was so pulled into the story I read the entire script in just over a half-hour. I had to know what was going to happen next. The twists and turns were not even close to predictable. I loved it! This script is so relevant right now. The end of the play creates a great opportunity for further discussion of the topics after the end of the script. The best plays are the ones that start the conversations, not end them. This is definitely a conversation-starting script.
  • Juice
    4 May. 2021
    Although it takes place in the 70s, I appreciate that this script can be applicable now. I really love the mother-daughter relationship that we see with Juice and Margaret. Relationships are complex and this script doesn’t shy away from that truth.