‘Who needed sets, when Rayner effectively had six pieces of human scenery to play with? [...] It was fantastically detailed stuff, intrinsic to the storytelling.’
- Erica Jeal, The Guardian, SERSE (Director)


Hello - I’m Sam.

I’m a director and movement director - working across opera, theatre and comedy.

My work includes Critic’s Picks in Playbill and The New York Times, shows listed in The Guardian’s “Readers’ Favourite Stage Shows of 2022”, and movement for television productions produced by Tiger Aspect, Netflix, HBO and A24.

I create highly physical, narrative work that invites the audience’s imaginative participation. Recently, I’ve developed acrobatic adaptations of classics - including A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and SERSE for Opera Holland Park (“fantastically detailed”, The Guardian / “a tremendous success”, Broadway World) - and genre-bending new-writing - including MAN OF 100 FACES (The Guardian’s “Readers’ Favourite Shows of 2022”) and FIVE YEARS WITH THE WHITE MAN (published by Nick Hern Books / “Rayner directs with a sure hand and clear vision”, Salterton Arts Review).

I’m Co-Artistic Director of the multi-award-winning international physical theatre company Voloz Collective. Together, we’ve created the THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE KNEW TOO MUCH (“physical theatre at its most immaculate”, The Scotsman) and THE LIFE SPORADIC OF JESS WILDGOOSE (“staged with style”, The Guardian). These shows are currently touring internationally.

As a movement director, I’ve collaborated with comedians including Jack Whitehall, Leo Reich, Liam Williams and Richard Gadd - creating work described as The Guardian’s “Best Comedy Show of 2022”, an “intensely funny razzle-dazzle song-and-dance opener” (The Guardian), and “a fearless display of physicality that shape shifts from ludicrous tomfoolery to raw menace.” (The List)

As an associate director, I’ve contributed to the development of new, large-scale musical theatre productions at the London Palladium, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Ambassador’s Theatre, and Dubai Opera House.

A full list of my work, training and teaching can be viewed here.

I am fluent in French and Spanish. I’m working on my Arabic. It’s a long game - but I’m here for it.