Samantha Ginn is an actress, writer, director, and teaching artist for neurodiverse students. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. She has performed on stages throughout San Diego including; New Village Arts, Moxie Theatre, ion theatre, InnerMission Productions, Diversionary Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse’s WowFest. She was awarded a Critics Circle Award for her performance in Moxie Theatre’s HickoryDickory. She was also nominated for Best Director for InnerMission’s Production of Falling and co-wrote an adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters at New Village Arts.
Sam has a passion for teaching theatre arts to individuals with special needs. Her lifetime of experience in special education began by observing her mother, Teacher-of- the-Year Twila Ginn, incorporate music and life skills in her sought-after severely handicapped classroom. Sam has training in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Play Therapy, Pivotal Response Training, behavior management, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. She has direct experience teaching in preschools, elementary and secondary classrooms, as well as designing programs privately for young adults with autism.
Currently, Sam is Associate Artist at New Village Arts Theatre. She created their improv and acting programs designed to include neurodiverse individuals on stage. She has directed four productions with her students: The Little Prince, Secret Superheroes, The Great, Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog, and Stellaluna. She developed Mainstage Players, a program giving neurodiverse actors paid roles in professional productions, as well as Mindful Theater, an improv experience for seniors with Alzheimers. As a Teaching Artist with La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe, she helps expand their neurodiverse programs. Sam was also an acting coach for Joey Travolta's "Inclusion Films" program that teaches employable job skills to adults with disabilities. She now enjoys consulting others on how to make their theatre spaces more accessible to those who are neurodiverse.
Her mission is to make the world a more inclusive place through the arts.