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Sam Hood Adrain

 Theater Artist in NYC

Sam Hood Adrain is an actor, director, and producer based in New York City. As a theatre artist, Hood Adrain has worked on stage and off at companies across the country including MCC Theater, Chickenshed NYC, Infinity Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Dramatist Guild Foundation, Missoula Children's Theatre, Ithaca Shakespeare Company, HERE, IRT, MITU580, The Flea, Theatre Row, Strongbox Theater, FRIGID New York and Audible to name a few.




Sam has his BFA in Drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing at  NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in theatrical productions for regional theaters, indie companies, and Off-Broadway houses and most recently can be seen on HBO's "Search Party" and NBC's "Law & Order." Sam is also an award-winning director and published Playwright whose works have been called "heartbreaking ....complex...and thought-provoking" (Theatre is Easy) and presented in NYC, Toronto, Providence, and Pittsfield. He is repped by Amelie Kennedy at WSM Talent and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and EMC.

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Sam is a Co-Founder and current Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say? Theatre Company and in that capacity has produced 11 original plays in 6 cities in 4 countries on 2 continents and co-presented a further 24 new works. Over the course of these projects, the Neighbors have created jobs for over 200 artists - 75% of them non-cis-male identifying and 50% of them members of the global majority or immigrants. Sam is also a freelance producer helping artists develop and mount productions to realize their vision at venues across NYC.

Learn more about the Neighbors's and Sam's other producing work.


Sam is currently on the Outbound Fundraising team for MCC Theater where he works alongside a talented group to engage audience members and Patrons and raise funds to further the theater's mission. He is a fundraising consultant at Chickenshed NYC and has collaborated on grants that have been successfully funded by organizations such as NEA, NYSCA, DCLA's CDF, Brooklyn Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, TD Securities, and the Rose M. Badgely Charitable Trust.


Sam is the Festival Coordinator at FRIGID New York where he works as the conduit between artists and organizers to ensure their productions are successful. He works with over 100 artists a year for FRIGID's New York City Fringe, Queerly, Days of the Dead, Little Shakespeare, and Gotham Storytelling Festivals. 



Sam is a member of the Theatre Arts Adjunct Faculty at Marymount Manhattan College where he co-teaches source-based theater making and devising. Previously he was an artist-in-residence and Adjunct at Queens College and has taught master classes for NYU, Ohio State University, the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, and the Wuhan Institute of Design and Science.

Sam is on the Artist Committee for IndieSpace where he represents the indie community alongside other artists as the organization continues its support, granting, and advocacy work in NYC.

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