Samantha Elizabeth Russell is a Cincinnati, Ohio Native. Her love for the arts began at an early age; writing songs and choreographing dance routines with her cousins. Her dancing career continued in High School as she performed competitively and choreographed several musicals; OKLAHOMA, RAGTIME, and SOUTH PACIFIC.
Samantha attended the University of Cincinnati, where she continued to perform in talent shows and step competitions with her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho. Inc. Upon graduating with intent to go into the field of Marketing, she caught the acting bug and joined Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. There she performed in productions such as THE COLOR PURPLE as Nettie and SHAKIN' THE MESS OUTTA MISERY as Maggie.
She has since appeared in various play/film festivals, feature films, traveling theatre tours, commercials, regional theatre and has won best actress in a feature film for her role as Beth Booth in A TOUCH OF STARDUST. Some of her favorite productions include; CORETTA SCOTT KING AND THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, Children's Theatre of Cincinnati; THE DANCING PRINCESSES, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and OTHER BOTHER, Performance Gallery. She later went on to earn her Masters in acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Samantha's goal as an actor is to chase continuous growth and skill.