Paloma Valenzuela

Neighborhood Salon Luminary

Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director actress and educator originally from the city of Boston. She is the creative director of the production company La Gringa Loca Productions,LLC creating work in Boston and the Dominican Republic. She is the writer/producer/creator of the comedic web series "The Pineapple Diaries". The show was featured in the Latina Magazine's "5 Web Series Every Latinx Needs to Watch Right Now". She is a 2018-2019 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Neighborhood Salon Luminary and between 2020-2021 directed an 8 episode video series for the museum called the "Luminary Lens Series". She is a 2019 City of Boston Artist Fellow. In 2019 she won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy at the Iris Dominicana Movie Awards for her role as Lolita in the Dominican film "Un 4to de Josué" which can be found on HBO. Her writing was recently published in the anthology book “Ni De Aquí Ni de Allá” a compilation of stories and works by Dominican-American writers created by Dominican Writers Association. She works as a teaching artist in Boston and has taught in various programs for organizations such as Grub Street. She teaches screenwriting at Brandeis University and Concord Academy and has recently joined the film school faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Art as the teaching artist for their Fast Forward Film Program. 

You can watch "The Pineapple Diaries" on YouTube, learn more about the series on Paloma's website, or follow Paloma on Instagram.