Born Samantha Alethea Inniss to Caribbean immigrants and raised in Jamaica, Queens, NY. Samantha’s creative training in the arts began as a child in community spaces like Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning at 5 years old in ballet and continued all the way through to Jamaica High School as a Step Team Leader, school newspaper writer and poet.
She continued her education at Nassau Community College in Long Island where she graduated with an Associates of Arts degree and received a transfer scholarship. Later, she went on to receive a Bachelors in Social Work at Adelphi University.
Samantha’s professional experiences include over 10 years of work in various positions as a Social Worker, Teaching Artist and After-School Director for several civic non-profit organizations and schools in the New York City area. Since working as a Creative Entrepreneur, her AFS events have appeared in spaces that include: Chashama Gallery (Queens, NY 2011), Sean Elijah Bell Community Center (Queens, NY 2012), The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation-Harvest Room (2012), and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (2013). Additionally, it provided her opportunities to work on projects with other organizations such as the Jamaica Business Improvement District (2013) and travel to Jamaica, West Indies to work with the children of the Calyber Child Enrichment Project (2014).
As an actor, performance artist and writer, she has performed in many places with her own impactful creative works that are influenced by her Caribbean background and life experiences. She has not only performed in theaters but she feels it was also her personal obligation to extend her talents at the community level in churches, schools, libraries, substance abuse centers and senior citizen homes.
She sits on the Board of Directors as Secretary for A Better Jamaica, Inc. and a community stakeholder member for the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council in the Arts, Culture, Marketing & Branding committee. In 2015, she was awarded with the Certificate of Extraordinary Woman of Southeast Queens by the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce and Senator Leroy Comrie.
As an artist always working on developing her craft, in 2016 she completed professional artist training at the legendary HB Studios in Greenwich Village, NY. She recently attained talent management to move her career forward but continues to manage all of her artistic endeavors to live a life of creativity and be the change that she wishes to see.