Samora Ia Perdida

Class of 2022



Samora la Perdida (she/they) is a trilingual creator, poet, and performer. As an actor, they made 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 are currently in My Broken Language at the Signature Theatre, directed and written by In The Heights dramatist Quiara Alegría Hudes. They have also performed 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 queer and transgender Afro-Latines. Their queer 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. Their TEDx talk, “Do Latines Need to Speak Spanish? Finding My Lost Mother Tongue,” features their award winning spoken word poem, “some assembly required” as well as music from their upcoming bilingual musical, “Spanglish Sh!t.” A member of the Freshman Class Crew, they have frequently performed their spoken word pieces at Bowery Poetry.

la Perdida graduated from LaGuardia HS as a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and from Carnegie Mellon University with a dual degree in Drama and Global Studies. 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.