After graduating from RADA with an MA in Theatre Lab Sam set up Knaïve Theatre with co-Artistic Director, Tyrrell Jones. With Knaïve he co-wrote the world touring, international award-winning Bin Laden: The One Man Show; dramaturged War With The Newts (Lustrum Award for Outstanding Theatre), COVID Lockdown Breath Machine by Lavinia Murray and Us. (Post 23/3) by Kamal Kaan; and wrote an interactive online game-based environmental piece for Key Stage 2, Antarctica.

Separately from Knaïve he has worked widely as a dramaturg, director and librettist. Most recently he was dramaturg on Smoking Apples Theatre Company’s R&D of Kinder about the Czech Kindertransport of 1938. Libretti include: hereditary (Laura Bowler & Ensemble Lydenskab, in progress) Tiresias 2.0 (Dominic Matthews, Tête à Tête, 2020), Cummings and Goerings (Zhenyan Li, Royal Academy of Music, 2020), Here Nor There (Zhenyan Li, Royal Academy of Music, 2019) and Women Conduct (Laura Bowler Tête à Tête, 2014).

He has also read for Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting, Royal Exchange Theatre and Hope Mill Theatre (Through The Mill).

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“After working with Sam on my most recent script, I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again. His fresh and insightful approach to storytelling, script building and character creation has allowed me to form the best version of my play and has also taught me so much about my own writing practise. Sam is fully committed to any project he works on, leading the actors and writer through his engaging and revealing process of dramaturgy with incredible sensitivity and consideration. He has definitely been an essential part of my project, and I would recommend him to any theatre practitioner.” – Emma Hinds (Pure, 2020)

“Sam is a sharp, intuitive and generous dramaturg. With a curious and egoless approach, rather than imposing his own opinions, he helped me to unpick my intentions, open up the play and steer myself through a tricky re-draft. I would highly recommend working with Sam.”  – Joanna Nicks (And It Rains, 2020)

“Sam Redway is a gifted dramaturge — sensitive to the text (and to the writer) and always alert to the particular demands of the project. His guidance, carefully considered and concisely delivered, is unfailingly perceptive and founded on a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience. I consider him to be an outstanding professional who also happens to be an absolute joy to work with.” – Lavinia Murray (COVID Lockdown Breath Machine, 2020)


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