Sam Cook i(4 works by) (a.k.a. Cook. Samantha Lee)
Writing name for: Samantha Lee Cook
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Nyikina
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Initially appointed as the company's Marketing Manager, Sam Cook has been Executive Producer of Australia's leading Aboriginal theatre company - Yirra Yaakin, since 2003, resigning in March 2009. A Nyikina sister from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Sam has worked in publishing for seventeen years, theatre for eight years, and is a trained visual artist.

She has been instrumental in the creation of an international indigenous alliance called Honouring Theatre, a tri-nation initiative with sister companies Taki Rua (NZ) and Native Earth (Canada) working together to bring indigenous theatre to the world.

In 2011 Sam joined Tracker as a regular with her KISSmyBLAKarts column.

Awards for Works

Aces, Deuces, Kings and Queens Ora Nui : Special Edition : A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature , 2010 single work short story

'I learnt to count by playing cards. I never really thought about it until I kept calling ones aces and got laughed at. ...'

2010 shortlisted David Unaipon Award
Last amended 13 Sep 2011
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