Every day is opening night.

Cindy Samuelson

Walk into Stagedoor Manor and the first person to greet you, with open arms, will be Cindy Samuelson. Producer and owner of the famed summer camp, Cindy has been overseeing young talents since 2004, ushering them into a bright future of masterful performance. This year, Stagedoor Manor celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a worldwide “virtual reunion” benefitting The Actors Fund. (Visit http://www.actorsfund.org/support-fund/stagedoor for more info.) Cindy has made it her mission to not only prepare aspiring performers for the spotlight, but also to enrich the entire theatrical community with her generosity. She gives back in any way she can, and today, she's giving us a few minutes On the Couch!

What do you consider to be your best asset?

My artistic background.

What was your proudest moment?

Opening Macy's Day Parade.

What is your favorite drink?

Cape codder.

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream and chocolate with potato chip chaser.

What is your favorite condiment?

Hot fudge and whipped cream.

What is your current obsession?


If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?


What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

Doesn't everyone in the theater world want a Tony?

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?

Antique jewelry and hand bags.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

Playing solitaire.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?

40 shows in 9 weeks.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Love of people.

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Speaking my mind.

What in the world most thrills you?

All of the arts.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?

People not being able to be separated from their phones.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?

Poison ivy all over my face.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Stagedoor Manor.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?


What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

Being told that I could eat whatever I want and not get fat.

What is your personal motto?

Have Fun and laugh a lot!!