Area of Study
Class of 2022
Samantha Toy Ozeas (she/they) is a Chinese-American theatre artist who first fell in love with generating new work at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, which they attended as a theatre major. Her freshman year, she founded Back in Blacks theatre company as an outlet for peers to write, direct, and produce original material. They briefly attended Emerson College where they interned with StageSource Boston before transferring to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama’s Directing BFA.
Samantha has written and directed three original productions: Nannyville, Major Minor, r/TheRedPill, and Park Song (in collaboration with Mikael Gemeda-Breka). Other directing credits include God Has Retired, Subtle Asian Traits: Live, Intentions (SheNYC, shortened by COVID), Spring Awakening, and assisting Paul Mullins on Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s production of Pride and Prejudice. Samantha’s film directing credits include THINK, SCHEJ, and Can We Pretend.
Her original work explores mixed race identities, the connection of nature to humanity, solidarity, exploitation, PTSD, internet anonymity, the intersections of race and sexual violence, alt-right hatred, and racial bias in academic institutions.