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Samantha Toy Ozeas (she/they) is a Chinese-American theatre artist who first fell in love with generating new work at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, which they attended as a theatre major.  Her freshman year, she founded Back in Blacks theatre company as an outlet for peers to write, direct, and produce original material.  They briefly attended Emerson College where they interned with StageSource Boston before transferring to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s Directing BFA. 

During her time at university, Samantha served four years as Student Representative for the Carnegie Directing department, and was a 2021 recipient of the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry Grant. Samantha also dedicated much of their time to ZAPI Artists, writing publications relating to Asian/Pacific Islander history, theory, and culture.

Samantha has written and directed four original productions: One Day Down, Major Minor, r/TheRedPill, and Park Song. Other directing credits include God Has Retired, Subtle Asian Traits: Live, Intentions (SheNYC), and assisting Paul Mullins on Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s production of Pride and Prejudice. Samantha’s film directing credits include THINK, SCHEJ, STICKY, and Can We Pretend


-Directing The Chinese Lady with Southern Plains Productions (Summer 2023)

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“I use fantasy to ask questions about civic engagement and believe that storytelling's most important power is to lead audiences into reimagine futures. I create character-centric work that shows both the dream and the nightmare.  I make excuses to work with the people I love and admire. I am drawn to site-specific work that interacts with its environment, world-building, and leaving questions unanswered. I make work I can cry to.”

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