Photography by Maria Baranova

Photography by Maria Baranova


Sam Max is a playwright, screenwriter, performer, and musician. Sam’s plays include Twin Size Beds (Under the Radar Festival at The Public), Prosperity! (work-in-progress, Rough Draft Festival), Coop (workshop, Pipeline Theatre Company), and Pidor and the Wolf (Finalist, 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference). Sam has also shown work at Museum of Sex, Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, and Loading Dock Theatre. Sam has been a member of The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and was a recent addition to the Young & Hungry List, tracking “Hollywood’s Top 100 New Writers.” Sam is the inaugural playwright recipient of The Mastheads writers’ residency, and received the William A. Gumberts Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement (Evansville).  Sam graduated summa cum laude from the University of Evansville with degrees in Theater Performance and Social Ethics/Philosophy. In Sam’s spare time, Sam publishes critical writing on contemporary performance with Culturebot, and creates illustration and design for theater. Sam has led artist workshops in France, Romania, and Indonesia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.


As a designer and visual artist, favorite collaborations have included Esperanza Spalding (European and American tours), Amyra León, Dane Terry (“Dreamboy” podcast with Night Vale), Grace McLean, and playwright Eli Kenny (live hand-drawn projections for Fault Line Theatre). Sam has published prints exclusively with Authorized to Work in the U.S. Press, with whom Sam shared a studio from 2017-2018. Designs for stage include Brief Chronicle Books 6-8 (upcoming, i am a slow tide / Access Theater), Machinal at Lee Strasberg Institute, Salty (Lyra / Access Theater), and Nighthawks (Dixon Place). Other projects have included CAVE (Brunel Museum, London) and Carnival/Animals (work-in-progress, 999 Festival) in collaboration with conductor Eli Brown and light installation artist Laura Hilliard. Associate and assistant design credits include Joan Baez’s Silver Blade music video, Selkie at The Wild Project, Jupiter’s Lifeless Moons at Performance Space New York, Dinner with Georgette at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, and Inner Voices at Barrow Group. Sam is a current member of the Wingspace Theatrical Design Mentorship, and formerly the artist-in-residence for Scholars for Syria, a nonprofit building community around the current sociopolitical crisis in Syria. In New York, Sam’s visual work has shown at Ground Floor Gallery, INTAR Theater, and The Unicorn.

Sam is nonbinary and uses the pronoun Sam.

Links & Reads

New Play Exchange Profile

Ferdinand by Sam Max at Six by Eight Press with a small afterword by Alex Borinsky

Sam Max and Caitlin Ryan O’Connell talk about Twin Size Beds at Under the Radar

Sam talks about “radical collaboration” for Gakko

Sam was artist of the week at MILK

Sam talks to David Bernabo (Recital Series on Medium)