Samantha Galarza is a bilingual (English/Spanish) SAG-AFTRA screen actress, writer, performance artist, and educator. As an art-ivist, her work explores queer identity, femmephobia, intergenerational trauma, migration, internalized racism, substance abuse and policy that negatively affects marginalized communities. She has written/performed original works throughout the country and internationally, in Mexico, Brazil, and Canada and her writing has been published in award-winning anthologies. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive “de-colonial” art. Sam is co-founder of the NY based queer performance art collective A Beautiful Desperation and co-founder of the podcast Latinas en Queerantine. She is also alumna of Rutgers University, 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.