I’m Sam Parker, a New York City based actor, improviser, and educator. My career began long ago, with a featured vocal solo in a performance for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah (my hometown). It was around this time, with the belief and support of my middle school drama and music teachers, that I was cast as The Ugly Duckling in Honk JR. I developed a permanent dream when I took that first bow 15 years ago.
I pursued my passion for performance and graduated from Otterbein University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Since then, I’ve been featured as a principal role in a Cannes Film Festival premier, lit up 100 million viewers’ screens as the lead in a Super Bowl commercial, and filmed, voiced, and posed in many other spots for major brands including: Instagram, Samsung, and Citizen Watch.
As an improvisor, I perform with a team that sprang out of UCB, The Spitballerz, a squad of misfits hoping to make the rest of the world feel as awkward as we already are. I also joined The Magnet Theater’s Conservatory, a group of comedians who complete the theater’s training program, in 2018.
I am proud to be a performance educator throughout NYC. I lead musical theatre workshops for the Shubert Foundation’s partnership with the New York City Department of Education to create new musical theatre programs at public middle schools all over the city. I have also taught workshops at the Junior Theater Festival, the world’s largest conference celebrating the magic of musical theatre for young people. It was a full circle moment at JTF when a group of students, after working on their own production of Honk Jr., thanked me for my encouragement and enthusiasm. Just paying it forward ☺
I am so grateful to pursue my dream of being a performer. The exploration of emotion, the thrill of hearing the word ‘Action’, and the ensembles turned family are just a few things that keep me connected to the little boy who liked to sing in his suburban backyard. I hope to share this joy and passion with as many people as possible for as long as I can. Right now, I’m living in Manhattan, I’ve got the sweetest pup, Chicago the Doggo (check her out on Instagram!), and I could not be luckier. Let’s connect and collaborate on some material together; I’m always on time and ready to work. Thanks for stopping by!
Keep your eyes peeled for me in a new MTV series Revenge Prank starring Pauly D and Vinny from Jersey Shore debuting this Summer!
I recently filmed a new ad campaign for Travelers Insurance. Let me know if you spot me under the Red Umbrella!