Improv Theatre Co. & Training Center

Marcus Sams

Marcus Sams
Director, Faculty, Performer, Producer

Marcus Sams has been a professionally working actor / teaching artist in the Bay Area since 2005. With representation from MDT Talent he has worked for Nike, Verizon, Jansport, Ford, Microsoft, Nintendo, Avaya, Oracle, and Maker Fair TV, to list a few. Marcus received his degree in Theatre Arts with a Business Administration minor from CSU, Chico. He has studied improv at Leela, and has been trained by some of the most nationally influential improv teachers of our time, including David Razowsky, Susan Messing, Joe Bill and Mark Sutton to list a few. Marcus performs with Leela’s Armando Company, Liss n’ Sams, Blair N’ Sams and Shades of Grey. He has performed in over a dozen improv festivals across the country including: Gainesville Improv Festival 2011, San Francisco Improv Festival 10 times, California Improv Festival 2014, Improvaganza (Hawaii Festival of Improv) 2014, San Diego Improv Festival 2015, Chicago Improv Festival 2015 and was just accepted into Hawaii for the second year in a row. Currently he teaches Leela’s Drop-In Improv Class as well as Leela’s Level 2 and Level 5. Sams also teaches for SF Acting Academy, Pictoclik Film Festival, Improv w/Marcus, and at improv festivals and schools across the nation. Sams has produced improv shows and jams in San Francisco since 2005 and has produced/co-hosted the Improv Jam night for the San Francisco Improv Festival for the past 3 years. One of the major successes of 2010 was a co-produced/co-created 6 week, sold out improvised sitcom called, Future Style ’79 where he performed in a brown corduroy suit and roller-skates the entire show. He was also a member of the critically acclaimed improv group, Oui Be Negroes. In the film world, Marcus is an owner of Crux Jinx Productions and was Associate Producer and an actor in their feature film, Lost in the Sun, due out summer of 2015. In the past he has played the lead in a fully improvised Comedy Central pilot, Honest to Goodness, where he played the PR Manager to a has-been Christian rock group. He’s been seen in Unflinching Triumph, which was hailed by The Wall Street Journal, as “one of the top five of what to watch on the web”. Sams has worked as the comedic news anchor/writer for the Variety Society, a San Francisco based late night talk show and is also the co-founder of the Bay Area Film Mixer. A mixer dedicated to bringing the independent film market closer together through networking. Along with pursuing his own opportunities, Sams thrives off of giving opportunities to those around him. He sleeps little and is always looking for the next high quality project to sink his teeth into. His dedication and attention to detail on projects is unwavering and he is the only actor that he knows of, that has put his ability to make tasty tacos in the special skills portion of his resume. He believes that improv is theatre and that it can have all the cathartic elements of scripted theatre when commitment to craft is pursued vigorously. Please check out his website for more information and booking at

Current Ensembles
Armando Company
Shades of Grey

Classes Taught/Teaching
Drop-In Class: The Art of Improvisation
Improv II: Authentic Relationships
Improv V: Follow the Fear


Leela Improv Training Center – Classes

EXIT Theatre – Shows