Samuel Buggeln is a Canadian theatre director and translator based in NYC and Ithaca, NY. He is the Artistic Director of The Cherry Arts, a new theatre company focused on hyper-local, international and formally innovative texts. The Cherry recently produced White Rabbit Red Rabbit by the Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour and is currently developing a production of SPAM by Argentine playwright Rafael Spregelburd. Under its former name, Bug Company, The Cherry produced Hater (Buggeln's translation of Moliere's Le Misanthrope), and the Bulgarian play The Eyes of Others by Ivan Dmitrov. In NYC Sam regularly works on new plays at the Lark Play Development Center and is a long-time Artistic Associate with the Obie-winning New Ohio Theatre. Work at the Ohio includes Cressida Among the Greeks, nominated for a Drama Desk award, as well as his adaptations of Queneau's Le Vol D'Icare (The Flight of Icarus) and Duras' Les Yeux Bleus Cheveux Noirs (Blue Eyes Black Hair), as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of Rum & Vodka by Conor McPherson.
His translations of Molière and Marivaux have been published in The Mercurian and been produced and taught in theatre departments from New York to California. He has co-translated plays by Argentine playwrights Rafael Spregelburd and Santiago Loza, the latter of which were developed at the Lark and the former taught at Pace University and the Chapin School. He has also developed translations of Bulgarian plays by Ivan Dmitrov (at HotINK at the Lark) and Christos Hartomasidis (at the Red Room in Sofia, Bulgaria).
Other new work developed and directed in New York includes Bedbugs!!!, an 80's hair metal sci-fi musical starring Tony Award-winner Lena Hall (recipient of 5 jury awards from the New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Go-Go Kitty, GO!, which played at the Lucille Lortel as part of FringeNYC and received the Best Play FringeFirst award from among 200 shows in that festival. Other New York work has appeared at the Atlantic, Rattlestick, Hypothetical, New York Theatre Workshop, Theater for the New City, HERE, Charas/El Bohio, Makor, Expanded Arts, and Clubbed Thumb.
Sam is also the New York-based Artistic Associate for Portland Stage in Maine, where he oversees the company's NYC casting and has directed numerous shows. Other regional work includes the Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca), Capital Rep (Albany), Mason Street Warehouse (Michigan), and StageWorks/Hudson.
Buggeln has received grants from the Peg Sandtvoord Foundation and Dramatists' Guild, is a member of the international artists' network The Fence, an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, and was a guest artist with New York Theatre Workshop's summer residency at Dartmouth College. He is a former Casting Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, where he worked on world premieres including John Guare's Lydie Breeze and Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul. He has been a faculty guest director and instructor at Cornell University, Ithaca College, SUNY Albany, Hunter College, and the NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.