Crushing Ablesim With Humor and Compassion.
Santina has been a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater since 2015. In that time, she’s written and performed a one woman show, been on a house team, performed stand-up been a monologist for their flagship show, and hosted and performed in several shows. Currently she is host of “Rollin’ with my Homies,” a popular show where she places comedians in wheelchairs to raise awareness while making people laugh. She also helped make UCB one of the only theaters with fully wheelchair accessible stages throughout all of their locations. She is a recipient of the Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship and the UCB Diversity Scholarship, and now sits on the UCB Diversity Committee. When appropriate, Santina has mastered the use of comedy and levity in her speeches, and has a unique way of making her audiences feel comfortable having fun while listening and learning.
Her “Ask a Woman in a Wheelchair” series on Buzzfeed has received over 10 million hits and counting. She is also a frequent podcast guest on everything from spiritual to comedic to inspirational to pop culture to beauty podcasts.
Santina played a recurring character on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” and has appeared in several films including opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant’s most recent film “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.” Her film “Take it Back,” which she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in, was recently nominated for best film in the Easterseals Disability film challenge. Santina has many other projects in the works as well!
As someone who was paralyzed in an auto accident at the age of five years old and has used a wheelchair since, Santina excelled academically throughout school, was a cheerleader in high school, was social chair of her sorority in college, lived on her own right out of college, and moved across the country without any assistance a few years after that with the goal of living and working in Los Angeles, which she is currently doing. She is living proof that everyone can and should follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles one may face along the way.