Sam Aros Mitchell (he/him/his) is an enrolled member with the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. In
April of 2020, he relocated to the Twin Cities and was among the first cohort of Native artist fellows at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis to serve as Native Directing Fellow. As an actor, Sam performed with Toot Performance in the film "The Premise ofGripping the Wall When You’re Upset".Sam also appeared in the audio play, "Tewa Rising" by Jaren Navenma (Hopi/Tuscarora) for New Native Theatre’s National Native American 10-Minute Play Festival. As a dancer, Sam appeared in Rosy Simas short film, yödoishëndahgwa;geh. In November of 2021, The Walker Museum published an online article written by Sam, titled, "I Observe You Observing Me: Dance and Performative Utopias". Sam’s publishing company, Aros and Son Publishing, published a collection of poetry titled, Longview Road, written by Yaqui poet and writer, Manny Monolin. Sam has a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego/UC Irvine. Currently, Sam is conducting postdoctoral research at Arizona State University, working with Natalie Diaz and Bryan Brayboy.
Yaqui, enrolled with The Texas Band of Yaqui Indians