Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Omar Samad

Adjunct Faculty


With a history of lecturing both abroad and domestically, Omar is an award-winning writer-director, producer, actor, and cinematographer. A jack of all trades, he began his journey into entertainment at the legendary Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in NYC before graduating the New School University where, along with film and media arts, he studied world mythologies and their similarities/impact on culture and society.

Later, accepted into the American Film Institute, Omar quickly gained a reputation as being one of the top directors in his class, gaining the support and mentorship of Oscar-winning luminaries such as Frank Pierson, Bob Boyle, and Gil Dennis. His graduate short film, TAKEO, went on to win or be nominated for numerous best picture and best director awards as well as a Van Gogh Award for the best new screenwriter.

As a director, Omar is known for Spotify’s Hip-Hop reality show TRAFFIC JAMS, Investigation Discovery’s true-crime series, Murder Among Friends & Beauty Queen Murders as well as the Lifetime Pilot, CRAZY/LOVE for the Emmy winning Mike Mathis Productions.

As a producer, he has created content for Buzzfeed, Playboy, AwesomenessTV and FBE REACT where his videos have accumulated millions of views worldwide.

Most recently, he worked with Brave New Films to write, produced, shoot, and direct a series of documentary shorts for the ongoing series, YOUTH IN ACTION, which profiles emerging youth activists across the USA.

When Omar isn’t thinking about films he enjoys discovering new music, gaming, gardening, hiking, camping, astronomy, and photography.

Education

2-year certificate; The Neighborhood Playhouse
The New School; B.Sc
The American Film Institute; MFA