Samantha Galarza, 2012
Samantha Galarza (she/her/ella) is a queer, Puerto Rican, SAG-AFTRA actress, writer, performance artist, educator, podcaster, and director. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive “de-colonial” art. Her work interweaves personal narratives of queer identity, internalized and systemic anti-black racism, generational trauma, migration, and gender-based violence with policies that disproportionately affect historically marginalized communities. She’s been published in award-winning anthologies and has performed internationally. Sam is co-foundeder/co-host of the bilingual queer femme Latina/e/x centered podcast Latinas en Queerantine and co-founder of the queer performance-art collective A Beautiful Desperation. She’s a NALAC, ILI, and EmergeNYC fellow.