As the child of a singer and a drummer, Sammi always seemed destined to pursue a career in the performing arts. She made her stage debut at three months old, when she was brought on stage during the final bows of Nunsense at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, in which her mother played Sister Mary Amnesia. She likes to think that once she felt the warmth of the stage lights and heard the sound of applause, she never wanted to leave!
Throughout her childhood, Sammi always found joy in performing and eventually decided to pursue a stage career. After landing starring roles in high school productions, she continued her theatre education at Wagner College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Speech, with a concentration in Performance. While at Wagner, she was given the opportunity to work with some wonderful faculty members and guest artists, including Drew Scott Harris, John Carrafa, and Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk.
After graduating cum laude with additional honors in Theatre, Sammi returned to her hometown to tour the greater Rochester area with the cast of Sweet House!, an original pop musical based on the story of Hansel and Gretel. Since moving back to Rochester, Sammi has appeared in numerous productions in conjunction with DEEP Arts (formerly Rochester Children's Theatre), JCC CenterStage, Theatre Young Kids Enjoy, Blackfriars Theatre, and the Rochester Fringe Festival, among others.
In addition to her work on the stage, Sammi also runs a personal style blog called The Soubrette Brunette, which focuses on all things retro, kitschy and girly. She's been featured on several vintage-inspired websites and social media channels, and her love of fashion serves as both a creative outlet and an asset to her work in the theatre. By day, she works as a content management specialist for a digital marketing firm, blogging for small businesses all across the country. She also acts as co-owner and artistic director of Dear Blossom Studios, a local photography and content management studio helping residents of the Flower City bloom in front of the camera.