Samora Ia Perdida

Class of 2022



Samora la Perdida is a trilingual creator, poet, and performer. They will make their off Broadway debut this summer as “The Receptionist” in Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members at Soho Rep. They will give a TEDx Talk this April entitled, “Do Latines Need to Speak Spanish? Finding Your Lost Mother Tongue.” They have acted in Shakespeare In The Park under the direction of Lear deBessonet: The Winter’s Tale (Florizel), The Tempest (Young Prospero). Other theater/film acting credits: Romeo & Juliet: Outside the Box (Lord/Lady Capulet) directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, CRSHD now streaming on Hulu, Dinner With Jeffrey now streaming on Revry. 

As a creator, their works range from musicals to short films utilizing combinations of English, Spanish, and Portuguese to give voice to the beautifully complex realities of genderqueer Afro-Latines. Their Spanglish rap opera, “pato, pato, maricón,” premiered at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in 2018. Their music video PAPI RUNS was an official selection of the 2019 National Film Festival for Talented Youth. A member of the Freshman Class Crew, they have performed frequently at Bowery Poetry. 

la Perdida graduated from LaGuardia HS as a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in the Arts. They studied dance at the schools of Alvin Ailey and Debbie Allen. An avid traveler, they backpacked across South America for three years while learning Spanish and Portuguese. They will graduate from Carnegie Mellon with a dual degree in Drama and Global Studies.