Samantha Baird

Samantha Baird

Samantha (she/her/hers) is an award-winning director who has worked in practically 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. She is currently an MA candidate at SUU in the Arts Administration program. Her passions are advocating for...
Samantha (she/her/hers) is an award-winning director who has worked in practically 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. She is currently 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 has been selected for production at the Utah New Works Theatre Project’s 2020 Utah New Works Ten. 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

  • A Clearing in the Woods (10 min)
    6 Apr. 2021
    This is a wonderful breath of fresh air in the fantastical world of princesses and knights. I'm so tired of the damsel in distress narrative. This is not it. May all princesses be as strong as this one.
  • EverScape
    5 Apr. 2021
    This play is so fascinating. We live in a world right now where it is often hard to separate our real lives from our digital lives. Although we may not all be involved with online gaming like the characters in this play, this play is very relatable for anyone with any kind of online presence. I saw myself in this script as someone who is very present on social media. We don't need to cut out the digital from our lives, but this play reminds me of the importance of staying anchored in reality too.
  • Mila, Disaster Lover
    20 Mar. 2020
    Emotional abuse isn't talked about much. It seems to be swept under the rug time and again because it can't physically be seen. In "Mila, Disaster Lover," AJ Maryn approaches it so delicately and yet so fiercely, you will never be able to ignore it again. This is a script, that while I couldn't personally relate to it, is one that I'm sure many will find solace in. Mila's strength is moving and brilliantly written. I believe this script is one to be considered in this time of virtual theatre, where less physicality and more emotion is all we have.