Samara Harris is a veteran theatrical literary agent known for her ardent support of female-identifying, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA playwrights and an equally steadfast commitment to ensuring artistic institution equity and accountability. This mission has won her clients and their work a range of honors, from the Steinberg Award and the TCG Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award to the Primus Prize and the Lorraine Hansberry Award, and productions on the New York on- and off-Broadway, and London West End and off-West End stages, as well as regionally, including NNPN Rolling World Premieres.
Samara believes fervently in plays that give voice to those who most profoundly need to be heard and plays that amplify the universality of experiences that might at first glance seem isolated to a specific individual, setting, or time period. These are the stories that Samara advocates for because they have the power to educate and transform.
Hallmarks of Samara’s professional, relationship-driven approach: Innovative, values-driven, proven client-promotion strategies such as theatre-maker advocacy coalitions that leverage their collective power to amplify her clients and their work; a longstanding focus on contract inclusion provisions that ensure safe, authentic representation and production of each artist and their work; an equally joyful and mindful dedication to doing deep dramaturgical work on structure, theme, and narrative; and a genuinely holistic nurturing of her clients and their work.
Samara is everything a writer could ask for in an agent. She is a fierce advocate for you on all the right levels: as a professional, as an artist, and as a person. She will always make sure you get paid what you should and that your creative rights are protected. She will fight for your plays and support your creative vision. And she's exceptionally skilled at helping to craft career choices based on your goals as a writer. Real talk: Samara is just the kind of passionate champion you want in your corner to help navigate the business of making art. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Playwright, Terence Anthony
Samara is a dream agent. She's such a fierce advocate for my work because she believes so strongly in the stories I have to tell and the issues my plays bring to light. I esteem Samara as an early reader of my work because of the insight she brings to both form and content. She combines intellectual curiosity with a pragmatic eye for production. Because her work is so values-driven, the agent-writer relationships she cultivates are personal and passionate. Samara negotiated numerous commission and production agreements on my behalf. She goes above and beyond in facilitating contracts, following up throughout the production process to ensure that her writers' work is honored. I feel so fortunate to have Samara represent me and my work.
Playwright, Kristin Idaszak