Samantha O’Brochta is a singer, actress, comedian, and dancer with over 25 years of experience on stage. She began her theatrical career as a lamb in a nativity play at the age of three and spectacularly effed up as she walked up to the stage to deliver her one line and tripped and fell. Making the entire audience laugh, rather than feeling embarrassed, she wondered if maybe that was what she was meant to do for the rest of her life.
Throughout her youth, she spent the majority of her after school time at the dance studio or the local community theatres. She performed in dance competitions around the Seattle area and sang and acted on stages in the Pacific Northwest. She intended to double major in theatre and journalism in college, so she applied for performing arts scholarships and was awarded two towards her freshman year at Western Washington University. As the years went on, classes for both majors overlapped in an unfortunate way, so Samantha was forced to minor in theatre arts to avoid not graduating on time. However, she still took the majority of the courses and was involved with the department and other artistic pursuits in the community.
In 2011, she was cast in the chorus Seattle Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess, which was her first major professional production and gained her membership to the American Guild of Musical Artists. Some other highlights from her performance career include playing Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance (twice!), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (her dream role), and working as both a cast member and the musical director for the world premiere of Corktown, Or, Through the Valley of Dry Bones, by Jeff Augustin.
After college, Samantha took a bit of a hiatus from performing to gain work experience and travel the world. In the midst of this, to make sure she kept her creative juices flowing, she took improv and sketch courses at the Upright Citizens Brigade training center in New York City, as well as acted in various web series and shorts around the city. In 2018, she decided to pursue her first love of theatre once again and auditioned for Seattle Opera’s new production of Porgy and Bess, for which she was cast once again in the chorus. It reignited her passion to spend more time in this art form and she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Acting from the University of East London.
Samantha is a classically and contemporary trained mezzo-soprano with a dynamic low-belt and operatic upper-range. She is trained in many dance styles (with a leaning towards hip-hop, jazz, and tap) and is quick at picking up choreography. Though not trained in a particular acting style, she is naturally adept at comedy, and excels in musical theatre and improv styles (although she won’t rule out doing dramas or tear-inducing work).