Samantha Walkes


In time, I have come to the realization that the work I do is important. It’s vital. It’s significant and noble.

During my beginners two week intensive at the Shaw Festival, Jim Mezon said, “What we do is noble.” But if I’m honest with myself, I didn’t believe him. My first year at Shaw help me navigate my way to this truth.

Now I stand firm, as an artist and individual, with the belief that what we have chosen is a higher calling. One that is often misunderstood as a selfish ambition and rarely defined for its selflessness. I see my work as an act of service to the people. We hold a mirror to our audiences and teach them of life, love, and loss. As I live out the sufferings and successes, the pains and joys of faceless characters, I do this in hopes of their growing understanding, compassion, forgiveness, love, and ultimately, a deeper sense of self.

Nobel Prize winner, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote “it is the labor of a life-time to make one’s true self known and honored.” My hope is to always operate in a creative space that allows the opportunity to live out this noble calling, to hone my craft, to stretch, to fall apart, to grow, to mend, to 'make one's true self known'.
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