2021 SUNY New Paltz Women's Leadership Summit

Samantha Jones ’93

Samantha Jones ’93Actor, Director, Producer, Owner

Hudson Valley Improv

Major: Theatre Arts

Samantha Jones is an award-winning actor, director, producer and owner of Hudson Valley Improv where she teaches her original method of Improv Empowerment. TV credits include EMERGENCE/ABC, THE BLACKLIST/NBC, BULL/CBS and LAW AND ORDER:SVU. Recent film work includes Driveways with Brian Dennehy where she played his daughter and Guy Nattiv's Skin. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz Theatre Department, Jones moved back home to New York City where she began acting, stand-up comedy and improv. With former professor Beverly Brumm's encouragement, Jones began developing and teaching her own approach to improve, which is still the basis of her work as an actor today. Samantha further speaks in her live interactive presentation "Just Say Yes" promoting self-empowerment and action in today's world.