Bianca Sams is a Writer/Actor. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School with a BFA in Acting & Dramatic Writing (TV/Film/Playwriting). She also studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA - London England). She has an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University. Her acting roles include the feature film RENT (feature), Serenity (film), Ruined (Play), and In the Continuum (Play). Her plays include: Rust on Bone, Summer Nights & Fireflies, Black. Irish., Simply Bess, Battle Cry, and At the Rivers End. Her Television/Film scripts include: Black Wall Street (WBTV), Blackthorn (Original Pilot), Bridge Over Troubled Waters (feature Film) and Serenity (film). Awards and honors include Ingram New Works Fellow (Nashville Rep), Warner Brothers TV Writing Workshop, Playwrights' Center Core Apprentice (2014), KCATF Lorraine Hansberry (2nd place), KCACTF Rosa Parks Award (2nd place), Kennedy Center/Eugene O'Neill New Play Conference fellow, Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award/Athe (2nd Place 2013 & 2014), Eugene O'Neill NPC (semifinalist), TRI Research Fellowship at Ohio State University, T.S. Eliot Acting Fellowship, Tracking Board 2016 Young & Hungry List, and WriteHerList 2017. I am currently a staff writer on the WB/CBS TV Show Training Day starring Bill Paxton.
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Battle Cry is inspired by the life and travails of an unsung hero in the Black Civil Rights Movement named Claudette Colvin. At 15, Claudette refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus 9 months prior to Rosa Parks’ arrest. Battle Cry tells the personal story of a naïve but passionate 15-year-old girl whose impact on the world has been left out of history books.
Trapped by a stranger in her office, psychologist Dr. Devra Mendoza must use all of her training to maneuver her way through a game of cat and mouse with life and death consequences. Rust on Bone, looks at the personal cost of war, societal stigmas of therapy, and the ripple effects of trauma and mental illness.
Bianca Sams' play Rust On Bone was one of four plays selected for the 2014 New Works Festival at Gulfshore Play House in Naples Florida. (Sept 2014)
Bianca Sams will be one of the nine writers in the 2014-2015 Warner Brothers TV Writing Workshop.
Tori Keenan-Zelt and Bianca Sams have been chosen as two of the 2014-15 Ingram New Works Playwrights at Tennessee Rep.