Samantha Shay is a director of theatre and film, performer, producer, and teacher. She creates multi sensorial poetic landscapes, reminiscent of a living dream. Her work is at it’s best, a collaboration between the body and its senses, performing on the body like a welcomed hallucination. She is the founder of internationally recognised artist collective Source Material, and frequently collaborates with musicians to make films, including K Á R Y Y N, JFDR (Jófríður Akadóttir), Jodie Landau, and Sóley (Sóley Stefánsdóttir). 2016 marked an initiatory time in her young career. In July she premiered her performance of Light, which garnered the attention of world renowned artists such as performance artist Marina Abramovic, who mentored Shay through the creation of the work, and Björk, who listed her as one of her artistic inspirations in The Guardian after attending the premier. She then headed to Poland to premier A Thousand Tongues with Nini Julia Bang in the world renowned Theatre Olympics as part of the European Capital of Culture 2016, a co-production between Source Material, and the Grotowski Institute. Most recently, Samantha is working on a new performance titled Monument, inspired by King Lear, in collaboration with the LungA Arts Festival, and the Grotowski Institute, as well as launching Source Material as a record label, releasing music from Nini Julia Bang’s project A Thousand Tongues, internationally. Samantha holds a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.