At age fifteen, Sam got his Equity card playing Billy in BILLY ELLIOT at Ogunquit Playhouse, a role he went on to reprise at the North Carolina Theatre. During the fall of their Senior year of high school, Sam worked with Kenny Leon and Jerry Mitchell playing I.Q. in NBC's 2016 Broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
A few months later, Sam was accepted into the prestigious Musical Theatre department at the University of Michigan. In May 2021, Sam graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Since graduating, Sam has performed at the 2021 Met Gala (under the direction of Rachel Chavkin and Raja Feather-Kelly), the 2022 Met Gala (directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler), premiered "Sweet Gwen Suite", directed by Linda Haberman with the Verdon Fosse Legacy with New York City Center's Fall For Dance Festival, and premiered WILD: A Musical Becoming at American Repertory Theater (under the direction of Diane Paulus, and starring Idina Menzel). Sam was also profiled in the February 2022 issue of Dance Magazine - click here to read.
This summer, Sam will appear in the concert production of DRAG THE MUSICAL directed and choreographed by Spencer Liff out in Los Angeles, before returning to recreate the Linda Haberman-directed "Sweet Gwen Suite" at Fire Island Dance Festival.
Keep up with Sam on Instagram! @samfaulkner5678