As an actor, I have always been fascinated with the ability to connect through storytelling. It’s incredible to me how our hearts and minds can open when we see life through another person’s eyes. Nothing fulfills me more than being part of a production that makes people think, expands their awareness, or simply makes them burst into laughter.
Since graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University, with a BA in Theatre and a second major in French, I’ve had the opportunity to work on stage in various productions and theatres around Houston. Some of my most loved performances include Meg in Crimes of the Heart, Susy in Wait Until Dark, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Pamela, Annabella, and Margaret in The 39 Steps.
I also had the opportunity to perform in the Houston premiere of Love/Sick with Firecracker Productions at the Obsidian Theatre. Having had the great honor to work with, John Cariani and Jack Heifner, while it was in its early stages at my alma mater, made it all the more significant.
Equal to my passion for theatre is my love for working in film. I’ve had the privilege of playing many different roles such as the dutiful secretary to Armand Assante in Leaves of the Tree, the kind and sensible girl-next-door in the comedy American Zombieland, and the young mother of a child with autism in Bailey’s Voice.
When I’m not on the stage or set, you can find me doing some yoga or kickboxing. Practicing martial arts may seem counterintuitive to yoga, but I think it’s a good balance (see what I did there?) After all, I am a Libra. Having been teaching and practicing yoga for 12 years, I have found it allows me to connect with people and help them make more profound and meaningful connections themselves, just like the art of storytelling.
So here’s to sharing stories, inspiring each other, and having some laughs along the way! I hope you’ll come to join me on Instagram @samanthakaywalker, where I share all things, acting, yoga, martial arts, and my love for animals, especially my two very good boys, Boomer and Samson.