Actor, Improviser, Screenwriter
Samara is an Indie Series Award nominated actor. She professionally trained at the joint theatre program between Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. She has continued her training with teachers such as Larry Moss, Matthew Harrison, David Rotenberg, and Dean Armstrong.
In July 2012, she co-produced and starred in 'U.S. Drag' at the Toronto Fringe Festival which was reviewed as one of the top ten shows in the Toronto Fringe 2012 by The Grid T.O. In the winter of 2013, she was directed by Babak Payami (winner of the "Special Director’s Award – Silver Lion" at the Venice Film Festival 2001) in 'Manhattan Undying' and shot 'The Common Sense', a film that will be screening at The Kitchen Art Gallery, New York; De Appel Gallery, Amsterdam; and Casco Gallery, Utrecht (Executive Producers). In July 2013, she performed opposite David Sparrow, President of ACTRA Toronto, in Bobby Del Rio's 'The Trial of Ken Gass'.
'Meeting Jeff', a short film that Samara wrote and starred in, premiered at the ReelWorld Film Festival in April 2014 and screened at the St. John's International Women's Film Festival in October 2014. She stars in the web series 'Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That Okay?" which is streaming on Amazon Prime US/UK, YouTube, Vimeo, Stareable, SeekaTV, and wfily.com. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the Indie Series Awards 2019 for her role on the show. Currently she is writing a feature film.
Samara completed the Longform Conservatory at The Second City in June 2016. She is a member of the improv troupes Abra Cadaver and Foxtrap! with whom she regularly performs shows in Toronto. Samara performed improv in The Harold Experience at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in 2018. She is proud to be an improv teacher at the Second City.