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Hi there! I'm Sierra. It's nice to meet you! I can't wait to collaborate with you and create incredible art and powerful, positive change together!
Although she was born in Southern California, Sierra was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and is a true Midwestern gal at heart. The daughter of an Indian-immigrant mother and Nebraska born and raised father, Sierra was raised to understand how the intersectionality of communities is what connects us and builds us to be kinder, better, and more compassionate people (and that you don’t mess with Husker football).
After many church performances, high school shows, summers being driven to community theatre rehearsals in the family Honda Pilot (Sierra, unfortunately, did not receive her driver’s license until she was 17), and a week and a half in New York City as the Nebraska female nominee for the 2018 High School Musical Theatre “Jimmy” Awards, Sierra decided to pursue a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At BoCo, Sierra was the proud recipient of the 2020/2021 Roger and Mimi Hewlett Scholarship, and the 2021/2022 Kunkemueller Family Scholarship. Sierra graduated in May 2022 Summa Cum Laude, with a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship and an Emphasis in Directing.
In 2020, Sierra founded Samuel-Lancaster Productions, a production company centered upon creating equitable and anti-oppressive performance art and artistic practices. Since their first performance in June (a virtual reading of "A Midsummer Night's Dream), Samuel-Lancaster Productions has produced six readings and seven live, virtual performances. In May, SLP debuted its first hybrid theatre-film piece, Minita Gandhi's "Muthaland", in which Sierra starred in.
In Spring of 2021, Sierra was part of the Kennedy Center's ASPIRE National Cohort, representing Region 1. Sierra was the recipient of the 2021 Charlene Gordon Art Impact Award, and as part of tenure as the award recipient, attended the Americans for the Arts conference in May 2022.
Last summer, Sierra became a Co-Producer on Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over on Broadway, making her Broadway debut.
Sierra currently lives in New York where she is an actor, producer, and storyteller. In the fall of 2022, she joined the team of the Tony Award winning Broadway Advocacy Coalition as the Artistic Programming Coordinator.
When not creating, you can find Sierra spending time with her family and friends, watching old movies, fangirling over Viola Davis, cooking, and eating all of the chocolate cake in sight.