Critics have already hailed her for helping theatre audiences “fall in love with first love all over again.” So it’s no surprise that Canadian-born thesp Samantha Hill remains so committed to her own first love — that of performing on stage and in TV and film. (Thankfully, a childhood preoccupation with becoming a chiropractor was short-lived.)
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently playing Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, this bright-eyed triple-threat got her start like so many before her — by singing and acting in plays at her family’s church. As a teen, she continued to build on those early experiences, training intensively in ballet, jazz, theatre and musical theatre.
Samantha’s first taste of the spotlight came via a Manitoba-made film: director Jeff Erbach’s coming-of-age tale The Nature of Nicholas. Since then, besides taking on one of the most iconic female roles in the Musical Theatre canon, she has also appeared in a variety of film, television, stage and voiceover roles in Canada, including work with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (August Osage County), Patrick Street Productions (The Light in the Piazza-Ovation nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Rainbow Stage (Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan) Dry Cold Productions (The Light in the Piazza, Nine),and Shakespeare in the Ruins (Jane Seymour in the S.I.R. original HEAD).
Samantha trained as an actor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, where she graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program with distinction. The prestigious conservatory program’s curriculum includes training in voice and text work, as well as movement, dance, Shakespeare, physical theatre, clowning, singing and stage combat. In her final year she was a company member of Studio Theatre, where she performed in Savage in Limbo, Nicholas Nickleby and collectively created The Gertrude Stein Project. While still in Manitoba, Samantha also graduated from the University of Winnipeg, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Film.
Last fall, Samantha was recruited to play the alternate Christine in the Phantom of the Opera, now in its 25th year on Broadway and in March, took over the role fulltime. Later this year she will be returning to Toronto, Canada to play the role of Cosette in Cameron Mackintosh’s revivial of Les Miserables. Sam also just finished playing Gigi in the workshop of the revival of the musical “Gigi”.
When not engaged in theatre and film, she enjoys reading, photography, and your mom.