About Samantha

Raised in central California, Samantha's love for the stage sprouted at a young age when she started taking dance classes. From there, she transitioned into acting and began doing plays at school and local theaters. Her passion led her to New York where she studied at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating with a B.F.A. in theatre, Samantha made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. 

Samantha's ability to bring both strength and vulnerability to every character garnered her roles on some of America's favorite TV shows including Criminal Minds, Agents of SHIELD, NCIS:LA, Scandal, Jane the Virgin and House, in which her portrayal of Lida demonstrates the genuine sincerity and emotional availability that is prevalent in all of her work. 

With her roots grounded in theatre, Samantha continues to do stage productions when she's not in front of the camera.  Samantha "revels in her seductiveness and born-in-the-USA street-smarts" (Gil Kaan of BWW LA) in the world premiere of Criers For Hire at the nation's premier Asian American Theatre East West Players and is currently in a national touring show with Will & Company dealing with racism and social injustice in America. Samantha has also co-produced and played one of the leads in Patrick Marber's play Closer at the LOFT EnsembleAs Alice, “Samantha Cutaran is appropriately spunky and seductive” (Katherine Davis of Backstage) and according to Paul Birchall from LA Weekly, “...powerful acting turns are offered by Cutaran’s nicely sultry Alice, who twins predatory sexuality with damaged vulnerability.”

When she's not on screen or on stage, Samantha can be found hiking, doing yoga, sipping wine in Solvang, eating pastries at a local cafe or checking off another destination on her bucket list. 

Film

Production Company | Project Name | 2023

Lead Actor​

Production Company | Project Name | 2023

Lead Actor​

Production Company | Project Name | 2023

Lead Actor​

Television

Mayans M.C. | FX | Kevin Dowling

SEAL Team | CBS | Dir. Allison Liddi-Brown

9-1-1 | FOX | Dir. Mary Wigmore

What Just Happened with Fred Savage | FOX | Carrie Havel, Jon Cassar

Scandal | ABC | Dir. Regina King, Scott Foley

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | ABC | Jonathan Frakes, Kevin Hooks

NCIS:LA | CBS | Dir. Dennis Smith

Get Shorty | EPIX | Adam Arkin

LA to Vegas | FOX | Jaffar Mahmood

Jane The Virgin | CW | Dir. Melanie Mayron

Castle | ABC | Dir. Tom Wright 

Rizzoli & Isles | TNT | Dir. Michael Katleman

House | FOX | Dir. Stefan Schwartz

Criminal Minds | CBS | Dir. Glenn Kershaw

Major Crimes | TNT | Dir. Paul McCrane

Pretty Little Liars | ABC | Dir. Ron Lagomarsino

Intelligence | CBS | Dir. Alrick Riley

The Joneses: Unplugged | PixLTV | Bradford May

General Hospital | ABC | Larry Carpenter

Days of Our Lives | NBC | various directors

The Young & The Restless | CBS | various directors

The Bold & The Beautiful | CBS | Dir. Michael Stich

Film

Seven Psychopaths | Supporting | Dir. Martin McDonagh

The Better Half |  Supporting | DIr. Michael Winnick

Xmas Knight | Lead | Richard Haywood

A Beautiful Lie | Lead | Dir. Clarinda Morales

Realitory: Welcome to the Machine | Lead | DIr. Micheal Condro

A Crush On You | Supporting | Dir. Allison Anders

Girls, Girls, Girls | Supporting | Dir. TJ Pederson

A Castle in the Sky | Supporting | Dir. Christopher Lee

Cinema Salvation | Lead | Dir. Mike Cohen

Triangle | Lead | Dir. Jeong-Seok Park

Stage

Criers For Hire | Henny | East West Players

Closer | Alice | LOFT Ensemble

Rashomon | Wife, Woodcutter | Stella Adler Studios

A Lie of the Mind | Sally | Stella Adler Studios

The Winter's Tale | Hermione, Time | Sarah Siddons Theater

Two Gentlemen Of Verona | Lucetta, Crab, Glamour | George Bernard Shaw Theater

Photographs from S-21 | Young Woman | Playwrights Horizons

Training &
Workshops

New York University , Tisch School of the Arts - BFA in Theater

     Stella Adler Studios, Stonestreet School of Film & Television  | New York, New York

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art | London, England

American Conservatory Theater, Young Conservatory | San Francisco, California

Beverly Hills Playhouse | Los Angeles, California

Larry Moss | Los Angeles, California

Berg Studios | Los Angeles, California

Richard Lawson Studios | Los Angeles, California

Upright Citizens Brigade | Los Angeles, California

Groundlings | Los Angeles, California

Actors Comedy Studio | Los Angeles, California

Alexander Technique| Los Angeles, CA | Jean-Louis Rodrigue & Kristof Konrad

Special Skills

Yoga, Knife & Unarmed combat, fire arm experience, dance training (jazz, lyrical, modern)

Local Hire in San Francisco and New York

2010 - present
2010 - present

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