The 100th Monkey Effect
2012 World Premier at The Attic Theatre in Culver City, CA

Brad and Emilia

Brad and Emilia are scientists in “The 100th Monkey Effect”

Directed by Samantha Shada
Written by Christina Cigala
Produced by Christina Cigala & Samantha Shada
Production Design by Ashley Cole
Featuring Brad Harris and Emilia Richeson

Synopsis: Brad and Emilia are mad scientists. They’ve got some songs to sing and stories to tell, and did I mention the most important scientific experiment of all time? If you’ve got a wild side, or just like getting blazed while watching episodes of Quantum Leap, join the scientific research team of the THE 100TH MONKEY EFFECT.

Armageddon: A Night of Laughs and Pleasant Songs
2011 World Premier with The Hollywood Fringe Festival


The cast and crew of “Armageddon”

Directed by Josie Campbell
Written by Josie Campbell, Mike Poisson, and Samantha Shada
Produced by Samantha Shada
Production Design by Allen Glover
Featuring Talia Derry, Ben Fuller, Rachel Garcia, Sara Hagan, Alicyn Packard, Bing Putney, Alex Salem, Aly Sykes, and Thu Tran.

Synopsis: ARMAGEDDON: A NIGHT OF LAUGHS AND PLEASANT SONGS sprung from the sy-fy obsessed minds of three, Los Angeles based writers. Seeking to create an interactive audience experience, ARMAGEDDON combines live music and sketch comedy to explore the important themes of love, life and zombie decapitation.

The Lover 2007 Production with Emerson College

The Lover

Katie Muller and Harry Vaughn in “The Love

Directed by Samantha Shada
Written by Harold Pinter
Produced by Emerson College
Featuring: Katie Muller and Harry Vaughn

A couple struggles to find each other through experimenting with erotic story games.

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade aka Marat/Sade
2007 Production with Emerson College Department of Performing Arts


Shawn Verrier and Claire Morrison in “Marat/Sade”

Directed by Magda Romanska
Assisted by Samantha Shada
Produced by Emerson Stage
Written by Peter Weiss
Featuring Seth Adam, Michael Borges, Mariam Bibilouri, Patrick de Nicola, Chris DeVita, Quincy Ellis, Daniel Hainsworth, Meredith McAllister, Claire Morrison, Elizabeth Parker, Nicholas Peciaro, Daniel Perrault, Nick Ronan, John Redmond, Benjamin Sloane, and Shawn Verrier.

Synopsis: Year 1808, confined in the insane asylum after some of his more flamboyant ‘affairs,’ notorious Marquis de Sade stages the assassination of Marat, one of the French Revolution’s bloodiest leaders. The actors are the other inmates; the audience – the visitors of the asylum. In this play within a play, madness and sanity, violence and affection, theatre and reality blend seamlessly in the shadow box of death, politics and desire.

Two Rooms
2007 Production with Rareworks

Directed by Samantha ShadaRareworks
Written by Lee Blessing
Produced by Rareworks
Lighting by Ryan Fischer
Sound Design by Brendan F. Doyle
Projections by John Alfred Tyson
Featuring Christopher Spada, Sara Greco, Mark Cramer, Julia Misaki

Synopsis: TWO ROOMS depicts the struggles of a woman whose husband is being held hostage in Beirut Lebanon in the 1980s.  Not too distant in our past, the hostage crisis of the 1983-1990 Lebanese civil war must be reconsidered in light of recent political developments along the coastal Middle East. 

The Tragedy
2007 Production with Emerson College Shakespeare Society


Nick Casey and Kyle Andrews in “The Tragedy”

Directed by Samantha Shada
Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Samantha Shada
Produced by Rareworks
Lighting Design by Ryan Fischer
Set Design by Jessica Survelas
Sound Design by Brendan F. Doyle
Featuring Kyle Andrews, Kirstin Bennett, Andy Blaustein, Stephanie Blecher, Nick Casey, Daniel Cohen, Brendan F. Doyle, Paulina Jaeger, Hannah Klinger, Jenna Lyng, Danielle McAdams, Jesse MacDonald, Shaunagh McGoldrick, Alex Salem, Christopher Spada, Shawna Wright, Fight Choreography by Ian McCafferty, Dance Choreography by Colleen Arnold.

Synopsis: Adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, THE TRAGEDY tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers named Romeo and Julian.