S A M M A Y

is a Bay Area-based creator, artivist, and educator whose roots stem from Carson, California; Gerona, Tarlac; and Guinobatan, Albay. Having trained in Polynesian, modern, musical theatre, Hip Hop, contemporary, African diaspora, and urban dance choreography—she extends her advocacy for cross-cultural understanding and making progressive social impact through the arts. Sammay holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and has two minors in Dance and Performance Studies and Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley. During the day, Sammay leads the first-ever Performing Arts program for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco; she is a deep believer of using arts for social activism and encourages her students to use art as the vessel for healing, understanding, and remembering. Sammay’s style is a fusion of her urban upbringing and personal journey to find meaningful movement that speaks to the soul; her work has been featured at Zellerbach Hall, SOMArts Bay Gallery and Diego Rivera Art Gallery. Recent stage performances include BIRTHRIGHT? by Rhodessa Jones and She, Who Can See by Alleluia Panis. Sammay was a featured artist for the 18th Annual United States of Asian America Festival where she produced, curated, and created for URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Spirits of the Streets – a two-day, multi-disciplinary, inter-generational community arts event that gathered 40+ artists to explore the indigenous spirit in the urban jungle of our present day. Next up – catch SAMMAY in La Alquimista: A Circus-Theatre Fable as part of SF Fringe Festival, APAture 2015: Future Tense, and the first ever Seeds & Soul Indigenous Cultural Exchange and Festival.

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