Casey Sams is a Professor of Theatre at the University of Tennessee where she teaches Movement, Acting and Musical Theatre to both undergraduate and graduate students.  She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn State, and completed the Certification program at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in Manhattan.  She has served on the faculty at Penn State, Interlochen Arts Camp, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and The Governor’s School for the Arts in Virginia.  Prior to arriving in Tennessee, Casey served as the Education Director for Virginia Stage Company, where she created programming for students from pre-k to post-graduate.  She has worked as a Director, Choreographer, or Movement Coach at theatres across the country including The Clarence Brown Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, The Roundhouse Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Stage Company, PlayMakers Repertory, Virginia Stage Company, Pennsylvania Musical Theatre, The Knoxville Opera Company, and Vermont Stage Company. She is also a certified meditation teacher with the American Meditation Society and Koru Mindfulness.