Samantha is Cuban-American, so of course, most of her time is spent around food and music. Her family immigrated from Cuba and eventually settled in upstate New York. She is a multidisciplinary performing artist and writer. Sam has played violin since the 3rd grade and also plays piano and Ukulele. She was accepted into the Stella Adler Summer Acting Conservatory when she was 17 and went on to get her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre performance from Emerson College in Boston. Sam toured internationally as a tour actor/director with Missoula Children's Theatre where she directed and performed a musical in Spanish and English. She studied under the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as an acting Apprentice and went on to compose music for several of their shows and perform on their mainstage. She is an alum of the Atlantic Theatre Company's acclaimed "Atlantic Acting Shcool", which she was awarded a scholarship
During her time in NYC Sam has performed in readings of new shows such as "Lippi: The Musical" at the famed Off-Broadway York Theater and Tony Award Winner Anika Noni Rose and Eugene Gwozdz's "Morgan Street: The Musical" featuring Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin, Brandon Victor Dixon, and with Christian Campbell, Aisha DeHaas. She's shared the stage with Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart of "Memphis: The Musical", "Aladdin" and has honored Broadway legend Patti Lupone alongside Audra McDonald, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Sieber, Montego Glover, and Will Chase among others. Sam has landed T.V. appearances on Discovery ID shows, History Channel, and numerous Web Series. She performs in sketches and in the voice-over world, as well.
Fun/Weird Fact: She is also an accomplished puppeteer, writer and musician, having performed original pieces in Boston, Rhode Island, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Maine, NYC: La Mama Etc., Dixon Place, and New Victory Theater. She is a Company Member of the award-winning Hit The Lights Theatre Co. in NYC.
When not performing Samantha is an active arts and social-emotional health advocate in her community. She raises money and awareness for the Epilepsy Foundation, is a freelance teaching artist, and focuses on the social-emotional well being and health of children and school communities using creative expression and conflict resolution. Sam is currently a resident trainer/teaching artist at several schools throughout NYC and holds a certification in Social Emotional Learning and Character Development from Rutgers University.
Photo: Ambe J. Photography