voice: soprano/mix belt (low e to high e)
height: 5ft 8in   eyes: hazel
actress
musician

Samantha Ballard



"I act to be truthful. I sing to be honest. I perform to share my passion and self with the world." Samantha Ballard

bio

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.

Regional theatre

The Heart as it Lived Flo Theater Aurora
Ragtime Evelyn Nesbit EMProductions
Oklahoma Laurie SS Productions
Sweeney Todd Featured Ensemble Alexander Showcase Theater
Les Miserables Flo Brampton Musical theatre
Into the Woods Cinderella Steppin Out Productions
Nunsense Sister Robert Anne The Curtain Club
Pieces of Me Vocal Ensemble / Swing Promise Productions
Eau de Toilette Lauryn Theatre Western
The 25th Annual Putum County Spelling Bee Olives Mom Theatre Western
StarStruck
(Composer For this Work)
Lilly Capital Theatre
Secrets Every Smart Traveller
Should Know
Flight attendant #1 ISTCompany

New York theatre

Little Red RidingHood Granny Circle in the Square
KRiEp Aide FringeNYC
A Little Night Music Mrs. Nordstrom Circle in the Square (PW)
Waiting for Lefty Stenographer Circle in the Square (PW)
The Seagull Polina Circle in the Square (PW)
Cabaret Trumpet Player Circle in the Square (PW)

film / television

This Goddamn House Lead Lake Fever Productions
REWIND Supporting LFS Productions
Loves Away Lead Lee Productions
Men Are Dogs Lead Katana Blue Productions
Welcome to Amaerica Gabi Supporting Angie Polkovich Productions
NYC Rooftop Story Supporting Ricardo Catalan Productions

commercials

Fruitful Bouquets Bridesmaid #3 Enterprise Entertainment

training

Circle in the Square Theatre School Professional Musical Theatre Workshop Alan Langdon
Ed Berkeley
Andrea Haring
Sara Lazarus
Therese Hayden
B.H Berry
Jacqueline Brookes
Mina Yakim
Ken Shatz
Maggie Surovell
Danyon Davis
Dr. Lucille Rubin
University of Western Ontario Bachelor of Musical Arts Torin Chiles
Theodore Bearg
Jennifer Moir
Kevin McMillian
Patricia Green
Western Ontario Conservatory of Ballet Lillian Graham
Private Lessons Daniela Varon (Shakespeare)
Susan Eichhorn-Young (Voice)

workshops

The Living Studio with Erin Dilly, New York
Rock the Audition with Sheri Sanders, New York
Susan Eichhorn Young Masterclass, Toronto
Jason Robert Brown Masterclass, Toronto
Audition and Interview Dynamite, Penelope Bracket and Kimberly Vaughn, New York

achievements / special skills

Sight Reading, Theory, Trumpet, French Horn, Piano, Composer, Certificate in Cosmetics, RP and Southern Dialect, Improvisation, Clowning, Can Whistle.

media