Actor × Storyteller


About Lara

I was born in the seaside town of Santa Cruz, California and at 18 I trail blazed my way to New York City.  New York branded me with grit, sass, and a lifetime of common sense.  I take pride in calling myself a New Yorker. 

 I’m a fiery mix of Brazilian on my mother’s side and Portuguese/Italian on my father’s.

My family and community are vital to my life.  I am the oldest of 3 and my siblings are firebrands and inspire me everyday. My sister is a research scientist and my brother is a professional athlete, artist, filmmaker, and poet. 

I speak fluent Portuguese and decent Spanish and am directly descended on both sides from painters.

I graduated NYU magna cum laude with a degree in Latin American Studies and Anthropology.

Through acting I explore the human experience in a profound way.  This art form allows me to constantly connect to my own humanity and vulnerability and in sharing it I feel connected to everything around me.  I am in love with narrative and as a storyteller my fuse is lit and powers me like nothing else. Our stories are tragic, powerful, hilarious, beautiful and heartbreaking.  Alone with our stories we feel isolated, in sharing them we connect.  And because I believe we are all here to connect, I choose story as my artistic medium.  I love being an actor.

I am thrilled to be working with InHouse Theatre Company here in Los Angeles as Cory in a production of Steven Dietz’s Private Eyes opening on May 6th, 2016.  I am also very grateful to have had the recent opportunity to appear on the small screen recurring as Marciella Navarro in Season 2 of TNT’s Murder In The First.  I am excited at the prospect of continuing to work in the evolving medium of television as a straight-talking detective, brilliant attorney, compassionate justice seeker, emotionally intelligent and hilarious mom and the spitfire Latina that I am.   When not gracing the stage or screen you can catch me jet setting to some new place in the world as I delight in my passion for travel and culture. Recent trips include Barcelona and Argentina…




Drama Reel

A Firecracking Commercial Reel


October 2016

I am thrilled to have been a part of a reading of Lisa Ramirez's stunning new play "All Fall Down," in the role of Jackie.  This Playwright's Foundation reading was performed as part of their "Rough Readings" series up in San Francisco and at Stanford..  

I am so excited to report that I was in the cast of Tori Time's indie short, "Girl On The Side," not only did she write, direct and star but she put together an amazing production with a rockin' all female crew behind the camera.  Here is a picture from the set.  Tori and me... I'm played the Teacher.

May 2016

Further complexity arrives in the form of Cory, (Lara Maria Silva), Adrian’s wife. Silva’s darkly comic “Private Eye” simultaneously conveys both the violence of jealousy and a tongue-in-cheek noir performance that builds key momentum for the climax of the play.
— Cultural Weekly



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