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Sam Tower - Artistic Director of ST+E
She is a director, producer and arts facilitator who creates works of surreal movement theater, with strong musical elements. She is dedicated to building and supporting platforms for female artists and leaders in Philadelphia. Her performance projects challenge patriarchal theatre conventions through co-authorship, collaborative story/character development, and multidimensional staging perspectives. In her work she experiments with relational aesthetics of unconventional performance spaces, often including interactive installation design elements that nod to contemporary visual art. Her work frequently overlaps music, dance and dialogue in a way that gives audiences active agency in how they view the theatrical composition. Theater and dance created by ST+E is feminist action. It is inclusive of a wide variety of people with diverse perspectives, skills, and gender expressions and appeals to young adult, mature audiences, and sometimes even the very youngest ones.
Most recently, she directed and produced ST+E largest project to date, Strange Tenants, for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Her mission to empower young artists has led her to work with undergraduates in the creation process of an original work of physical theatre titled Particular Risk at Bryn Mawr College with a group of 10 female student creators, in collaboration with ST+E Resident Playwright Jeremy Gable. Her most acclaimed work in Philadelphia is 901 Nowhere Street; an all-female film noir fever dream for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2015. Other recent work includes Nowhere Fast, a rock noir cabaret collaboration with BRAT Productions for FringeArts and I’d rather choke than be a quitter, in collaboration with Plant Me Here, electronic musician Shakai Mondai, and visual artist Sam Whalen. She is proud to have worked as a company member and staff member of Obie-Award winning devised theatre company New Paradise Laboratories from 2012-2015, training with Whit MacLaughlin in NPL’s distinctive athletic style of physical theatre. She is currently an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics, with whom she has collaborated as a creator, performer, PR agent, and administrator. She has Assistant Directed 5 productions with Arden Theatre Company, notably Three Sisters (dir. Terr Nolen) and Beauty and the Beast (dir. Whit MacLaughin). She is a recipient of a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship in order to continue her education in international performing arts for young audiences. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from University of the Arts, 2010. Headlong Performance Institute 2009.