Meet APS Class of 2015: Tatyana Sampson – Grady High School
by: Britney Morgan
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Tatyana Sampson moved to Atlanta her freshman year of high school.
Well rounded and passionate about theatre arts, she has enjoyed her experience at Grady High School and quickly thanks her teachers—Mr. Pope, Mr. Dreiling, Ms. Willoughby, Mr. Brandhorst, and Mr. Hill— for their support during her time at Grady. “They just taught me so much and were my biggest support system at school,” said Tatyana. “I could go to them for anything.”
Since her freshman year, she has been involved with the Grady Theatre department. In addition to providing technical theatre support the last four years, she stepped from backstage to begin acting in her sophomore year. Her debut performance was in the One Act: Dogface that won a regional competition and placed 4th at state level One Act competitions in 2013. It was the first time Grady placed in the state competition.
In the summer of 2014, Tatyana participated in a five-week, intensive summer program at the National High School Institute Theatre Arts Division at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Waking up and attending classes from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon, she describes it as a REALLY cool experience. “It was fun to work with a lot of professional actors and directors that know their craft,” she adds.
Last fall, Tatyana directed her first production, “TRACKS,” which won first place at the Regional One Act competition. Given the opportunity to direct based on teacher assessment of her skill, she is also the first Grady student to take a show to the Georgia Thespian Conference where the Grady Thespians performed at Columbus State University in front of a few hundred people.
Although passionate about theatre, Tatyana’s involvement doesn’t stop there. She has also been a member of the softball and soccer team, a volunteer with the non-profit group, JustUS ATL, and has interned in a biochemistry research lab at Georgia Tech. On top of all this, she is a member of the National Honor Society.
Tatyana will attend Roosevelt University at Chicago College of Performing Arts to earn a BFA in acting this fall. She plans to pursue a career in improvisation and sketch comedy.