Samantha Galarza is a queer, mixed-race, Puerto Rican, SAG-AFTRA actress, writer, performance artist, educator, and director. Her work explores queer identity, racism, love, substance abuse, the U.S. prison industrial complex, and policy that disproportionately affects marginalized communities. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive "de-colonial" political art. She’s been published in award winning anthologies and performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is co-founder of the queer performance art collective A Beautiful Desperation and proud member of Alternate Roots.