Sam Buntrock is a Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk nominated theatre, film & animation director based in New York.
Directing credits include; Sunday in the Park With George (Broadway, West End, Menier and 5th Avenue Seattle - 5 Olivier Awards including Outstanding Musical Production, Olivier Nomination for Best Director, 9 Tony Nominations including Best Director and Drama Desk Nomination for Best Director), Turn of the Screw at BAM (New York City Opera), the current European tour of The Rocky Horror Show (since 2008), the US Premier of Frankenstein by Nick Dear and the World Premiere of Ed, Downloaded by Michael Mitnick (both Denver Center), the World Premiere of John Guare's Are You There, McPhee? and Travesties (both McCarter, as Director in Residence), The Wildness - Sky Pony's Rock Fairy Tale (Ars Nova), The A to Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Two River), A Maze (New York Stage & Film), Cradle and All (MTC), McReele (Juilliard) Cradle to Rave (UK & Australian National Tours), God Collar (Edinburgh, UK National Tour and West End), the World and American Premieres of Take Flight (Menier and McCarter), the first London revival of Assassins (New End), Get a Life and Help Yourself (both Edinburgh and UK tour).
He has also worked as an Animation Director on numerous projects, including the feature film Stuart, A Life Backwards (starring Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch) for Neal Street Productions, HBO and the BBC. His multi-award winning live action short Recursion (Director, Editor & Producer) screened at 24 international film festivals throughout 2014 (including 2 Oscar qualifiers). His second live action short, Fetch, is currently in post-production.
In 2015 he joined IONIC Design Group as Creative Director.
Sam trained at Bristol University and as Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse.