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Samuel Rush has been a part of the Smith College community since 1991 and has been production coordinator since 1997. He is a professional actor, director and producer who in 1991 co-founded New Century Theatre (NCT), a professional summer theatre and Smith summer program that recently completed its 22nd season. He currently serves as the company's producing director, producing a four-play summer season in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.
Rush’s directing credits at Smith include Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden (2011 - a co-production with New Century Theatre), Mrs. California by Doris Baizley (2009) and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (2004). NCT directing credits include Red, Distracted, Noises Off, Spinning Into Butter and Mornings at Seven. Recent acting project include the films Labor Day, directed by Jason Reitman, The God Question by Stan Freeman, The Quality of Life by Jane Anderson (NCT) and Habitat by Judith Thompson - directed by Ellen Kaplan (Fall 2012). Rush received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Massachusetts in 1997 and has taught acting at Western New England University, Asnuntuck Community College and in the Northampton Community.
He currently serves on the board of the Northampton Community Arts Trust, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving affordable arts space in Northampton. He is also a member of Smith College's Staff Council, an elected body of Smith staff members that helps to enhance campus-wide communication and strengthen our college community.