Samuel Caulfield Barksdale hails from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He was born in 1995 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and lived in Edina until age 6.
Even before moving to Maine as a child, Samuel already showed great promise in the performing arts. From a young age he had a passion for acting and singing, performing in local shows at school and in local performing academies. In high school he performed in eleven different plays and musicals, including two satires of his town and school that he wrote and directed with the help of his friends and peers.
In 2013, Samuel graduated high school and began the next step in his theatre training at Boston University's prestigious School of Theatre. He attended the Academia dell'Arte in 2016, where he studied physical theatre, polyphonic singing, and Commedia dell'Arte. He graduated BU in May 2017, having performed in seven shows and spent countless hours developing his craft. While in school he also released several EPs and a full-length album under the moniker "Sam Slamwich".
Currently, Samuel is based in Oakland, CA, working with many different companies and artists throughout the Bay Area. His passion lies in the therapeutic and empathetic qualities of theatre, and an understanding of brutal absurdity as a lens through which life itself is magnified. The purest form of theatre, in his opinion, is a platform from which the marginalized and downtrodden may speak their truths, and have their voices heard.