Samantha Anne Maggio is the Executive Artistic Producer for Suspended Belief Theatre and holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from Naropa University of Boulder, Colorado. She studied sculpture at West Virginia University through the School of Art and Design as well as puppetry, creative dramatics, and youth theatre through the University's School of Theatre and Dance. Through her apprenticeship under Steven Overton of Olde World Puppet Theatre, she became skilled in puppet engineering, set design and construction for film and stage, and puppet manipulation techniques.
Her previous theatrical work includes the design and construction of puppets, properties, make-up, costumes, scenery, set dressing, and as vocal talent. These skills have been utilized nation-wide, including with: Arizona Classical Theatre; Denver Center Theatre Company; Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Olde World Puppet Theatre of Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh Musical Theatre; Interlochen Center for the Arts of Interlochen, Michigan; Tendrak Theater of Bend, Oregon; and West Virginia University.
She has taught myriad aspects in the fine arts and theatre to people across the nation and has worked with young children for over 20 years. Samantha currently constructs and performs puppets for Suspended Belief Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois where she also teaches creative drama classes for young children. Each year, she visits Portland, Oregon where she volunteers with the state's first and only puppet museum.