Thedia Samara, PhD is a singer/songwriter, playwright, screenwriter, poet, author, content creator, and publisher. Thedia's love of poetic verse and prose began at age 13 and has manifested as poetry, screenplays, books, stage plays, and songs. As a teen, Dr. Samara started in the entertainment industry as a dancer and model in music videos and background work in feature films and later on television; all while working on her demo. In between singing gigs, Thedia was featured in anthologies and honored with awards and accolades; among them, a finalist in a poetry competition sponsored by McDonald’s restaurants. In 2003, Thedia was on a WNBC series that featured her as a finalist in a poetry competition in Hollywood, CA. She won a publishing contract that led to her 1st book, “For the Unsung.” The McDonald’s poetry competition led her to join their gospel choir with whom Thedia performed at the former Westbury Music Fair, Madison Square Garden, The Paramount Theater, Radio City Music Hall, The Apollo Theater, the Soul Circus, and Rockefeller Center, and TV programs appearing on ESPN, NBC, ABC, and their Emmy-nominated special, Gospelfest, on UPN; as well as recording a radio commercial for the company at NY’s Hit Factory studio. Thedia was also a backup singer for award-winning gospel artists until 2006 and was once offered a major recording contract with Sony Records. At the request of a designer's assistant, Dr. Samara modeled for a high-end fashion designer; cosmetics and hair care companies, and photographers for about five years. Never abandoning her writing roots however, Thedia began screenwriting in 2007 and playwriting shortly thereafter, as a way to combine her passions. She was thrilled to have been awarded a scholarship from “X-Men” director, Brett Ratner, to attend the NY Film Academy. Her unscripted TV pilots were green-lit for a channel on the Cox Network. Thedia has garnered interest in her web series by an Oscar-winning producer from the movie, "Sling Blade," and in her 1st feature-length screenplay by the makers of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” who judged the Christian Screenwrite competition. In 2014, Thedia sold her first play. In the midst of it all, Thedia graduated Cum Laude with degrees in Business (AA), Organizational Leadership (BS), and Music Education (PhD), has honorary doctorates in Biblical History and Gospel Music and is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, the nation's largest leadership honor society. Dr. Samara currently owns an independent publishing company with several fiction and non-fiction titles and academic and doctoral research publications that have sold worldwide. Thedia has a charitable heart and one of her goals is to establish a charity that supports disadvantaged kids interested in the arts.
Name: Thedia Samara
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Playwright and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Sports nut, know more than is necessary about forensic science, I sing in shower & the car, and I say hello to strangers :). Currently enjoying the 3.5 seasons on NY's Long Island.