Sam O'Sullivan | Biography

Originally from Perth, Sam completed a Bachelor of Arts at Curtin University, majoring in Film and Television before moving to Sydney to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Since graduating, Sam’s theatre credits include the HOBO Collective’s Men Without Shadows, Toby Schmitz’s, Capture the Flag, the 2011 Just For Laughs Comedy Gala, the Rodney Seaborn Award winning play, Sprout, Australian Youth Workshop’s Shakespeare on Trial, Pantsguys’ multi-award winning production of Simon Steven’s, Punk Rock, Cathode Ray Tube’s A Steady Rain, Postnuptials for AnotherBrightIdea and the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival, Playhouse for NIDA and Stories Like These, The Removalists for The Rock Surfers, Hilt for Mirror Mirror, Music for Stories Like These and Griffin Independent, Constellations for the Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Platonov for Mophead Productions, Kill the Messenger for Belvoir St Theatre, My Zinc Bed and A History of Falling Things for Ensemble Theatre and Journey’s End for Cross Pollinate Productions. His screen credits include short films Little Love, Simpleton, Zombie Case Study, Dash and Backpack and TV series Black Comedy, Wonderland, Packed to the Rafters, Home & Away and Fast Tracks.

As a writer, his first full-length play, The Block Universe (Or So It Goes) premiered in 2016 at the Old 505 Theatre. Later that year, Sam was commissioned in the New Fitz Writing Program, leading him to write The Wind in the Underground, which premiered in May, 2017. He also received the ATYP Foundation Commission in 2017 and his new work, Charlie Pilgrim, will premiere at the Griffin Theatre in late 2018. Sam is a co-founder of the independent publishing house, 8th Buffalo Press, an organization committed to publishing new Australian plays to help fund their premiere season.

Sam was nominated for Sydney Theatre Awards for his performances in Punk Rock and Journey’s End and The Block Universe was nominated for Best Independent Production.



Stage: Journey’s End – Cross Pollinate Productions, A History of Falling Things, My Zinc Bed – Ensemble Theatre, Kill the Messanger – Belvoir St. Theatre Co., Platonov – Mophead Productions, Constellations – Darlinghurst Theatre Co., Music – Stories Like These, Hilt – Mirror Mirror, The Removalists – The Rock Surfers, Play House – NIDA Director’s Tour, Postnuptials – AnotherBrightIdea, A Steady Rain – Cathode Ray Tube, Punk Rock – Pantsguys, Shakespeare on Trial – Australia Youth Workshop, Sprout – Tamarama Rock Surfers, Just for Laughs Comedy Gala – Sydney Opera House, Capture the Flag – Critical Stages, Men Without Shadows – Hobo Collective, Lord of the Flies – NIDA, The Hypochondriac – NIDA, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other – NIDA, Threepenny Opera – NIDA, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – NIDA; The Buzz – Barking Gecko; Television: Black Comedy – ABC, Home & Away – Seven Network, Wonderland – Fremantle Media, Packed to the Rafters – Seven Network, Fast Tracks – Barron Entertainment Short Film: Dash – SOS, Backpack – SOS, Little Love – ATYP, Zombie Case Study – SOS, Simpleton –VM Productions, The Belfast Boys - Tropfest; Writing: The Wind in the Underground - Old Fitz Theatre, The Block Universe (Or So It Goes) – Cross Pollinate Productions Training: NIDA; Awards: Sydney Theatre Award Nomination – Best Supporting Actor in an Independent Production, Journey’s End, Sydney Theatre Award Nomination – Best Actor in an Independent Production, Punk Rock.

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