Samantha Ellis is a playwright, screenwriter and non-fiction writer who grew up in London, the daughter of Iraqi Jewish refugees. Her plays include How to Date a Feminist which has produced internationally and translated into multiple languages.
Most recently Samantha wrote Phyllis, or I’m Still Burning for the Jermyn Street Theatre’s 15 Heroines, published by Nick Hern Books.
Samantha has taught writing at the University of Westminster and other places. She is a MacDowell Fellow. She was a journalist for many years and her two non-fiction books—How to be a Heroine and Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life—are published by Chatto & Windus.
Samantha has two original series of television in development with Tall Story Pictures and is writing a film for Working Title. She worked on both Paddington and Paddington 2 for Heyday Films.
THIRD TIME LUCKY 6X30 comedy drama for Tall Story Pictures
INTO THE WOODS 6X30 comedy drama for Tall Story Pictures
Samantha is also writing a film for Working Title.
PHYLLIS, OR I’M STILL BURNING (short play). Jermyn Street Theatre (2020). Published by Nick Hern Books.
THE ONLY JEW IN ENGLAND. East 15 Theatre / Queens’ Theatre Hornchurch (2017)
HOW TO DATE A FEMINIST. Arcola Theatre and on tour (2016). Published by Nick Hern Books. It has been produced internationally, including in Turkey, Poland, Mexico and several theatres in Germany.
OPERATION MAGIC CARPET. Polka Theatre (2015)
CLING TO ME LIKE IVY. Birmingham Rep and on tour (2010). Published by Nick Hern Books.
THE THOUSAND AND SECOND NIGHT. LAMDA. (2010)
THE LAST WOLF IN SCOTLAND. Stage@Leeds. (2009)
STARTLE RESPONSE. Workshop production at the Young Vic. (2007)
MARTIN’S WEDDING. Blind Summit Theatre at BAC. (2004)
PATCHING HAVOC. Theatre 503. (2003)
USE ME AS YOUR CARDIGAN. Jackson’s Lane Theatre. (2002)
FEEL THE PLASTIC. Camden People’s Theatre. (1998)
THE CANDY JAR. Edinburgh Fringe. (1996). Runner-up in NSDF’s International Student Drama Competition.
Short plays for Polka Theatre Playhouse, Agent 160, The Miniaturists, the Liverpool Everyman, Menagerie Theatre. Urgent Theatre produced a retrospective of Samantha’s short plays at Theatre 503 in 2015 titled STARLORE FOR BEGINNERS AND OTHER PLAYS.
LOVE IS NOT NEW IN THIS COUNTRY. BBC Radio 3. (2018)
SUGAR AND SNOW. BBC Radio 4. (2006)
Film and television
Samantha script edited PADDINGTON and was part of the writers’ room for PADDINGTON 2, for Heyday Films.
Attachments and Residencies: Birmingham REP; Unicorn Theatre; MacDowell Colony, USA; Hampstead Theatre; Metal; Soho Theatre.