Sam Williams is a writer, director and dramaturg, working between theatre and visual art in London and Berlin, English and German.
Born into a family of builders and market gardeners between the Rollright Stones – a neolithic stone circle – and Wychwood, the British Isles’ last remaining patch of primal forest, Sam holds a degree in law and legal philosophy. The often violent negotiation of nature, culture and politics is at the heart of her work.
Her work puts radical politics, and ecological and future thinking on stage as both form and content. She combines classical text-driven dramaturgy with performance, visual art, documentary and non-art practices.
Sam has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship, Kone Foundation Saari Fellowship and National Theatre Playwriting Bursary, and her work has appeared at London’s Camden People’s Theatre and Berlin’s Volksbühne.
Her writing at the intersection of theatre, art and politics has appeared in the UK for Frieze, The Guardian, and BBC among others; ARTnews in the US; and JO Magazine and Palestine Note in the Middle East. Academic publications include the journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics.
Sam has taught dramaturgy workshops at the Austrian Cultural Foundation and at the The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, where she is a visiting lecturer.