Hey, I'm Sam!

Portland, Oregon

Sam Bangs is from a small town in Southern New Hampshire, where she began singing and dancing as soon as she could talk. Her performance career began with a focus on musical theater, starting with a short stint at Marymount Manhattan College's musical theater program, before transferring into the University of Miami's acting conservatory. It was at the University of Miami she found her love of acting for the camera, so she picked up a film minor in addition to her stage training.

After graduation, Sam worked on Rock of Ages while they were filming in Miami, before moving to Los Angeles. She hustled both on stage and screen, most notably in the 2013 stage revival of Trainspotting at the Elephant Theatre, as well as various commercials... until she became pregnant.

After the birth of her first son, Sam moved with her (now) husband to Portland where she balances her creative career with motherhood. In 2017, she made her return to the screen for the opening scenes of Dean Devlin's Bad Samaritan, and to the stage where she received glowing reviews for starring as Lady Anne in Enso Theatre's She is Fierce. Since then she's worked in various commercials (Kroger, Buick, BMW, Bonne Maman), photo campaigns (ACE Fitness, Teavana) and several short films. Most recently she booked a national commercial with her real-life husband and son!

In the midst of developing and writing This is Fine, Sam gave birth to her second son in the summer of 2021. When she's not acting, you'll probably find her adventuring with her boys, trying out a new recipe, or lifting weights.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

In the Margins (bisexual bodies are always queer)

Toronto, Canada Art & Photography
Animation, LGBTQ

Walk into the chaotic brain of a bisexual girl hitting puberty in 2001.


This project got the green light!

Strange Kindness

Brewster, Massachusetts Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

Four people are brought together through a brutal act of violence, each being required to choose empathy over judgment.


This project got the green light!

Hot Noise : Animation Studio

Portland, Oregon Collective

Womxn-led animation studio, utilizing voicemails from the general public to inspire animations.


This project got the green light!

This is Fine

Portland, Oregon Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A new series about navigating millennial adulthood, with a little help from pole dancing.


This project got the green light!


New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

On summer break, two underage misfits spend a day at the beach and find their close friendship tested when one’s mischievous disposition is


This project got the green light!

Las Maravillas - The Wonders

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A gay man returns to his mining town to say goodbye to his macho father who is dying, together they learn that death is only the beginning


This project got the green light!

Good Chemistry

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Comedy, Science

An 80s homage for the 21st Century: Two science majors left alone on campus for Thanksgiving discover a place where they belong.


This project got the green light!


Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Musical

A short comedy about a serious subject.


This project got the green light!

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