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Charmaine Santiago Galdón

Artist Performer at #HellaBlack Live MixTape Vol. 5: Soul

Charmaine Santiago Galdón (she/her) is a resident of Boston. Charmaineʼs parents are from Puerto Rico. She attended Jose Julian Acosta, a high school specializing in theatre, in Old San Juan. During her time there she was trained by teachers who were trained in different forms of theatre. Charmaine started working as a teaching artist at age 14. Charmaine then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UMass Amherst. During her time at UMass, she would be cast in many plays. Charmaine later became a cast member and subsequently the co-director of Body Politics. After college she gained an internship at the Puerto Rican theater company, “Pregones Theater.” Charmaine then founded an Afro Puerto Rican Folkloric Bomba group and named it Bomba Sankofa due to her journey of understanding her identity. The group was unique by mixing storytelling through spoken word and hip hop elements. In 2019, she co-produced with with her father, Jorge Arce who she also directed, a musical called “Esto es Puerto Rico.” Charmaine was also the Playwright, funded by the Boston Foundation.