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I’ve been performing with Brie's Best Guests since 2017 and have evolved from an Ice Queen to a paleontologist. I have a B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, the latter of which I earned while consistently performing with my Best Guest family.
I work full time as a licensed mental health counselor and have a professional background in special education, children’s theater, and childcare. My creative pursuits include acting, dancing, and costume design, although lately you’re most likely to find me goofing around as Dr. Tracey Fossils with Jurassic Jo and the Cretaceous Crew.
When I was a kid, I was very scared of dinosaurs- so scared that I didn’t watch some iconic dinosaur movies until my twenties! One of my favorite things about our team is that we make dinosaur fun and learning accessible to everyone- even kids who feel scared or nervous. Despite my childhood fears, my favorite dinosaur is the sneaky, smart (and sometimes scary) velociraptor.
I consider myself very lucky to be called a Jurassic Jo AND a princess. It’s been a dream job since I was a little girl. It’s important to remember that sometimes dreams can come true.
When I’m not wearing my princess gown, I’m a professional actress and I specialize in customer service and sales at a small family-operated business. I have pursued my training in the acting field for the past 18 years. I attended NYFA Burbank in 2013 for Acting in Film.
As Performance Advisor, I train new cast members to become comfortable and confident in their roles at parties, including- but not limited to- makeup and wardrobe, voice work and character development, and movement. I want to show kids that princesses are fun, clever, goofy, hungry, loud, dreamy, ambitious, caring, and whatever else they want to be! I’m thankful everyday for the opportunity I have to live as a royal role model.
My name is Samantha, and I’m often referred to as the team’s “Fairy Godmother”. While I’ll become a princess on occasion, you’re more likely to see me behind the scenes helping with event organization, finances, and upkeep of our magical wardrobe.
I’m a graduate from the University of Southern Maine with degrees in both psychology and business management, and currently work for Unum.
I remember what an impact my favorite princesses had on my childhood, and I’m thrilled to get the chance to bring that same joy to other kids in any way I can.
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Believe it or not, “dino wrangler” isn’t the weirdest job I’ve ever had. Though I also work as a children’s librarian, actor, and designer, I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last two decades employed in the worlds of entertainment and education, most notably as a character performer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
With my BFA in Film and Television Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I’ve worked in many aspects of stage and film and have worked for the Savannah Film Festival, Atlanta's aTVfest, and Chanel-Paris, and currently sit as an ex officio member on the Board of Directors at Biddeford City Theater.
As a former early childhood educator, I love blending my backgrounds in entertainment and education as I live my childhood dream of teaching people about dinosaurs (no really, ask me about the picture of little Carrow dressed as a paleontologist for Career Day)! Quite a few things might have changed in the years since that picture, but my favorite dinosaur sure hasn't: a parasaurolophus!
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