Sam Breen is a Los Angeles-based actor who has performed in the U.S. and Europe. He grew up in Switzerland and speaks fluent French and Spanish. In 2011, he obtained an M.F.A. in acting at California Institute of the Arts (ranked #1 most “artistic” school in the United States by Newsweek/Daily Beast). During the summer of 2011, Sam returned for the second time to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to play the title role in the world premier of “Flesh Eating Tiger,” by Amy Tofte, garnering praise for his portrayal of a troubled young mind (“fascinating physical performance”–3 weeks). He appeared in the Ensemble of Janos Szasz’ “Mother Courage” at the American Repertory Theater and played half of the comedic duo Ole and Johnson in Robert Cucuzza’s adaptation of “Hellzapoppin’” at the Disney Modular Theater at Cal Arts. In response to his mother’s forced evacuation from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina and in an effort to reach diverse audiences, he founded Trailer Trash. The project is housed in a 1951 Spartan trailer that serves as green and sustainable home for his mother as well as a mobile creative lab for cutting-edge theater. He presented The Trailer Trash Project at Arts In the One World (Santa Clarita, 2011), the TCG National Theater Conference (Los Angeles, 2011) and the Ruhrtriennale at PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany, 2011).
Lydia Breen is a documentary filmmaker, writer and Katrina evacuee with a long interest in the subject of displacement. Her relevant documentary work includes “The Lord Is Blessing Me…”(1984) about Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, the first parish in the United States to declare itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees. She also co-wrote “Shake the Devil Off”(2007) about the post-Katrina lives of parishioners in a historic black Catholic church in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood. Lydia worked for 15 years for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, making films in refugee camps and war zones around the world. Her other Geneva-based clients included the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization and the World Council of Churches. In 2009, she lived and worked for a month with the Catholic Workers who ran a soup kitchen on LA’s Skid Row. In preparation for her new life in the Spartan trailer, she currently lives in a 8’ x 15’ Aristocrat trailer (circa 1972) where she gathers stories about people living by choice or by circumstance in old trailers.
For more on some of our partner artists, see this link: Trailer Trash Troupe