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Born in Dallas, Texas to an Afro-Latino father and White mother, Santana spent the first few years of her life in Foster care. At the age of six, she was adopted with her biological sister to two White Lawyers from Hannibal, Missouri. She grew up in the Midwest always struggling with her identity and belonging because she did not have people around her that she could identify with.
Her senior year of High School, Santana studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina then went straight to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre. Three days after graduation she moved to NYC not knowing a soul. She instantly found the city to be a place she belonged. The first place she saw many people who looked like her. Santana became very active in the theatre scene which has helped shape Santana's work ethic.
During her time in NYC, Santana realized she wanted to have a film/tv career. Theatre would always have her heart but she yearned to be on the screen. She packed up her life and left for Los Angeles. It was a very tough transition but after a few years, Santana finally calls L.A. her home.
Santana has always had a passion for storytelling. While living in NYC, she took a solo writing class under the guidance of Dael Orlandersmith. There, she wrote her critically acclaimed one woman show, The Other Box which she workshopped this past November at the Actors Comedy Studio.
Currently, she is working on an interdisciplinary art project called Somewhere In Between that celebrates identity and diversity. Her belief: our differences become our greatest asset!