Advance Awards Commercial Creatives Winner 2021
Sam Levy is the Managing Partner of Trumper Park, a New York based theatrical production and consulting firm. Sydney-born, and University of New England-schooled, Mr Levy is an award-winning Broadway and West End theatre producer who has done much for the Australian theatre scene and its writers and artists. Mr Levy is a fierce advocate for Australians in the industry, meeting with hundreds of artists who arrive in New York seeking advice and counsel. He has produced several Australian plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in the West End and has a stellar track record of identifying and connecting emerging talent. He himself is a Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk and Drama League Award winner and as the former Director of Programming at the New York Summer Play Festival, an acclaimed incubator of new plays and musicals at the award-winning Public Theatre. He has helped many artists go on to receive accolades and nominations for the Oscar, Tony, Olivier, Emmy, and Golden Globe, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Mr Levy has mentored several Australian theatre companies with his knowledge of industry dynamics and is always available to Australian playwrights who are trying to establish themselves overseas. Many have received productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally and internationally, and have developed projects with major film and television companies. House of Cards, Quiara Alegria Hudes (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama), The Newsroom, and Tween Hobo all got their first New York shows thanks to Mr Levy. He recently co-produced The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth; a play which was awarded Best New Play at the 2019 Tony Awards. He was part of the production team that brought new musical, SIX, to Australia in 2020, and has recently opened the musical Come From Away in Melbourne.
“There are gatekeepers at every entry point to this industry, and it’s incredibly disheartening to be consistently told why you can’t or won’t be able to break in. Ignore them, and stay focused it’s important to be able to tell the gatekeepers why they should unlock the gate for you.”