"I act to be truthful. I sing to be honest. I perform to share my passion and self with the world."
Samantha Ballard, born in London, Ontario, Canada, currently resides in Manhattan, New York. Samantha began her acting career at the age of seven in a Theatre Kids of Elgin Production under the direction of now actress Rachael McAdams. She also attended Original Kids Theatre School as a student and later as a counselor working with, “Secret Life of the American Teenager’s”, actress, Megan Park. She has played lead roles in such musicals as “Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. She also performed various roles during high school. One of her proudest moments was starring in “Starstruck” a musical she composed with fellow classmate, now director Emily Pickering. Samantha studied classical ballet at the Errington–Graham Dance Studio with Liliane Marleau Graham, achieving a Gold Medal from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Ballet.
Like acting, her vocal training and performance began at an early age. She travelled to the British Isles, France, Italy, Ireland and eastern Canada as part of the St. Thomas Youth Choir performing as a soloist in her teens. At the age of twenty, Samantha graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Musical Arts (Honors), studying with Professors Jennifer Moir, Ted Baerg and Torin Chiles. She was awarded the Rotary International Rose Bowl for Vocal performance in 2009 attaining the highest vocal performance award of the festival that year. During university she appeared as Mrs. Ostrovsky in the “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and Lauryn in “Eau do Toillette”, Theatre Westerns Writers Showcase. Samantha has attended Master Classes in Toronto with composer Jason Robert Brown and Susan Eichhorn Young. In Manhattan she has worked with such artists as Erin Dilly and Sheri Sanders.
In 2012, Samantha graduated from Circle in the Square, a 2 year professional Musical Theatre School. At Circle in the Square, she was privileged to study with Alan Langdon, Terese Hayden, Ed Berkeley, and Sara Louise Lazarus. She made her New York debut at the Triad Theatre at Circle in the Squares’ first year Cabaret night. Spring of 2011, she had the opportunity to work alongside Andrea Haring as Stage Manager in Circle’s Production of “ Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel. She also played principal trumpet for the Circle second year production of “Cabaret”.
In 2012, Samantha completed her time at Circle appearing in “Waiting for Lefty” by Clifford Odets, directed by Alan Langdon. The play was a variety of vignettes dealing with the taxi strike at the end of the great depression. Langdon creatively transform this play by including period musical numbers within each of the scenes. Her final performance at the prestigious school was with director Edward Berkeley in Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”. She performed the role of Mrs. Nordstorm.
Since graduating Circle, Samantha has been continually working. This past summer she was cast in two films. The first, “Loves Away” where Samantha played the best friend of Ariel a young adult being left to deal with mistakes her parents had made in the past. The second, “Men are Dogs” directed by Shelley Cheung. Samantha portrayed Lucy, a jealous girlfriend trying to get to the bottom of her boyfriends infidelity. Samantha also was apart of a new musical that premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. In “KRIEP: A GRUSICAL”, she was cast as Aide an assistant to DA Cross who is trying to solve a collection of murder’s that have nothing in common.
In the fall of 2012, she performed in “Little Red Riding Hood” held at Circle in the Square Theatre as part of a three-play children’s festival.
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