Sam E. Rubin is a trained operatic singer (baritone), NYC-trained actor, voice artist, puppeteer, clown and award-winning filmmaker. Sam has performed professionally since 2005, most recently singing with Pocket Opera in the San Francisco Bay Area. He played Woof in HAIR in Mountain Play on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California, and as Mookie (a role created just for him) in Elysium Bandini's film "The Fringe Class," based on James Franco’s mom Betsy’s original script entitled The Art of Love which she wrote based on her work with incarcerated teens. Sam gave notes for the autistic character, Oliver (Azhy Roberston), in Jacob Chase’s 2020 film Come Play (Amblin Partners) and, just before Covid hit, played Representative Tony Coehlo, co-author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, in a staged-reading entitled ONE DAY: On the Road to ADA, produced by Lights!Camera!Access! He is also the author of two books on the autistic experience.
During the pandemic, Sam has participated in zoom reads of TV and theatre scripts and he participated in a worldwide short film titled Keep Your Distance, produced by Australian actor/producer Steven Walker. Sam is currently active in bringing changes to the way people with disabilities are portrayed in entertainment media, including, most recently, teaming up with Little Blackstone Animation Studio in Toronto, co-creating a show for children on the autism spectrum (TBA), and a film project—Deli Boy, about an autistic artist unwittingly caught up in a crime of passion.