Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director and actress originally from the city of Boston. She is the creative director of the production operation La Gringa Loca Productions based in Boston and the Dominican Republic. Paloma has worked on several Dominican productions as a script editor and also on set working as Second Assistant Director for various Dominican feature films. She plays Lolita in the 2018 Dominican Feature Film "Un 4to De Josue" which one Special Jury Prize at the Dominican Film Festival 2019. Paloma was nominated Best Supporting Actress for the Premios La Silla Awards 2019 and won Best Supporting Actress at the Premios Iris Dominicana Movie Awards 2019 for her role in the film. In 2017 Paloma was featured on an episode of the WORLD Channel's Stories from the Stage. In 2019 she was featured in Boston Magazine's "Boston's New Creative Guard" and selected as one of the WBUR The Artery 25, a series highlighting millennials of color making an impact in the Boston arts scene. She is the writer/director and producer of the Boston-based comedic web series "The Pineapple Diaries" which currently has two seasons. The show was featured in the Latina Magazine's "5 Web Series Every Latinx Needs to Watch Right Now". The show has also been selected in film festivals including the New Orleans Film Festival 2018. Paloma is currently collaborating with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and is currently working on production for the third season of "The Pineapple Diaries" set to be launched by the end of 2019. She also works as a teaching artist at GrubStreet in Boston teaching classes in Dramatic Writing and Screenwriting.
What will you be presenting about? I will be presenting a monologue that I wrote for Season Three of my web series "The Pineapple Diaries". It is based on a true story. It is entitled "Y Tu Hija?"
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Follow the recipe.
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Mangú con cebolla.
Favorite food: This is hard. I love Dominican Food, Thai Food, Vietnamese. I love Pad Thai and Pho and Mangú.
Recommended reading: I am currently liking a lot of memoirs written comediennes (Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, etc). I love to read contemporary poetry books as well.
Best meals: Eating while watching a great tv show or movie and eating at a restaurant with a friend - telling stories and drinking wine.
Food you'd like to try: I would love to try a vegan cheese that doesn't taste like vegan cheese. I found a vegan cream cheese that taste delicious! That's a start!