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11:40 AM-11:50 AM
Main Hall
The Actual Dance

Sam Simon

Playwright & Actor, The Actual Dance LLC
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Samuel A Simon (Playwright and Performer) is the playwright and sole performer of The Actual Dance.  He also is the Artistic Director of the company that has been formed to promote the play.

Sam describes The Actual Dance as his “fourth age.”  He comes to it after a career as a prominent member of America’s consumer movement.  Trained as a lawyer, he started his career as one of the original members of Ralph Nader’s very first legal advocacy group in Washington, DC in 1970.  Early in his career his leadership was recognized through a profile in the New York Times. (NY Times, Jan 29, 1971 p. B1).  After a stint in the US Army as a JAG Captain, Sam returned to work for Ralph Nader and then start his own consulting firm.  During that time Sam became a regular in the national news, appearing on programs such as Face the Nation, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The Nightly News, Phil Donahue Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, among others. 

In 2008 Sam began his “third age” following the sale of his consumer affairs firm in Washington and became a Senior Fellow with the then new non-profit, Intersections International, a social justice initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York.   He has transitioned that work at Intersections to serve on its advisory board in 2013 as he began to devote himself full time to The Actual Dance. 

Sam returned to theater as an avocation in the late 1990’s.  He is new to play writing. He has been active in Community Theater in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area for about 15 years.  He has performed in the Temple Rodef Shalom Players group, including roles in plays such as Last Night of Ballyhoo (Adolph), Neil Simon’s “Fools” (Doctor) and roles in annual hour long plays. He performed with other companies in the Washington, DC area including McLean Drama Company, Great Falls Players and others.  He is also trained in improv starting with Sylvia Toone in Washington and a member of the S*T*A*R*S Troupe. He began working with Artistic New Directions of New York through their annual Improv Retreats in the Catskills and he has attended ten retreats including three “master retreats.”  He has taken Gary Austin, Rachael Hamilton, and Michael Rock workshops.  He is an acting student of Carol Fox Prescott and has taken classes from her for four years.  He has performed in Gary Austin shows.   The Actual Dance is his first play. 

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