Sam Mauceri (they/them) is a theatre educator, director, playwright, and arts administrator with a passion for creating accessible spaces for drama students and young audiences. They are the Director of Education and Access Programs at Chicago Children’s Theatre, where they head the Red Kite Project, a series of dynamic camps, classes, performances, and residencies designed for young people on the autism spectrum and other neurodiverse learners. Alongside teaching acting, early childhood creative drama, and improv to young people, they provide professional development for educators in arts integration, creating accessible and inclusive drama classrooms, multisensory classroom strategies, and facilitating trans-positive learning spaces.
Prior to joining the Education team at Chicago Children’s Theatre as the Inclusive Education & Programs Manager, they served as the School Matinee Series Coordinator at Goodman Theatre. As part of the Education team at the Goodman, they co-directed PlayBuild, the summer youth devising intensive, and co-created Strike! The Youth Political Theatre Project. Originally from the DC area, Sam was the Master Instructor of Early Childhood Education at Imagination Stage, and a teaching artist with Young Playwrights’ Theater. As a director, playwright, and devisor, their work has been produced in Chicago and DC.