Thursday, September 21
Selenis Leyva is an award-winning actress, author and activist who has represented the multi-dimensional lives of Latinas throughout her long career as a theater, television and film actress. Born in Baracoa, Cuba to a Cuban father and Dominican mother, she developed her comedic sensibilities while growing up in the Bronx. She was a member of the groundbreaking comedy troupe, Nuyorican Rule and currently stars on the NBC primetime show Lopez v. Lopez opposite groundbreaking Mexican-American comic, George Lopez. She has also starred on Netflix’s award-winning series, Orange is the New Black, HBO award-winning series Girls and Veep, the films, Spider Man: Homecoming and Creed III, and others, and has won numerous awards for both her acting and humanitarian work including the American Media Latino Arts Award: Special Achievement in Television and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) Ally for Equality award.
Selenis Leyva is also an award-winning co-author of the book My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both (Bold Type Books/Hatchette Books). She frequently speaks on college campuses in support of Diversity and Inclusion and LGBTQIA+ rights.
This event is the first of the 2023-24 Latinxs and Comedy Speaker Series, hosted by the Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (LLACS) Program and co-sponsored by WGSS. ASL services will be provided.