Sam is a dramaturg, director, and librettist currently studying an MA in Opera Making at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with scholarship (in association with Royal Opera House). He is deeply passionate about community and education practice. Most recently he has written HOME:Zero an immersive, interactive family theatre piece on sustainability by Makers of Imaginary Worlds for The National Gallery & Nesta. For this Sam led family co-design workshops which fed into the writing process.
As creative director of Knaïve Theatre he co-wrote and performs the world-touring, multi-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 schools, Antarctica.
Libretti include: Samhain Bloom (Edward Shilts, GSMD/ROH, 2022), Tiresias 2.0 (Dominic Matthews, 2022), Cummings & Goerings and Here Nor There (Zhenyan Li, Royal Academy of Music, 2019/20) and Women Conduct (Laura Bowler, Tête à Tête, 2014).
Directing credits include GOLD, Antarctica & FFF (movement direction) by Laura Bowler, PURE by Emma Hinds, and Dead Tree Gives No Shelter by Bysshe Inigo Coffey and company.
“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)