Samantha Galarza is a mixed-race, bilingual (English/Spanish) SAG-AFTRA screen actress, writer, performance artist, and educator. As an art-ivist, someone who creates work through an activist lens, her performances explore: queer identity, gender, generational trauma, systemic and internalized "isms," substance abuse, immigration/migration, and the U.S. prison industrial complex. She has written/performed original works throughout the country and internationally, in Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive "de-colonial" political art. Her directorial debut was with Eddie's Perejil, a one man show written and performed by Edward Paulino, that is currently touring. Her work has been published in the Lambda Literary Award winning "Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy."
Samantha graduated summa cum laude with honors from Rutgers University with a double major in Latino & Caribbean Studies, Women & Gender Studies and minor in Sociology. She is an alum of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ EmergeNYC program and a fellow of Guillermo Gomez Pena’s La Pocha Nostra and EmergeLab residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is also co-founder of the NY based performance art collective A Beautiful Desperation (abeautifuldesperation.carbonmade.com), co-founder of the podcast "Latinas en Queerantine," (@latinas_en_queerantine) and proud member of Alternate Roots.