Paloma Sierra (she/her) is a writer and director who crafts narratives, musicals, and poetry for theater and film. Inspired by the Hispanic trova tradition, she integrates speech, music, design, and performance to create immersive experiences that transcend linguistic barriers. By taking words beyond the page, Paloma explores how words can surpass the limitations of language to increase opportunities for multilingual narratives and artists. 

Her work across stage and film has earned her a U.S. Fulbright scholarship, an appointment as the first Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County, and recognition from the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild Foundation. She has developed new plays, musicals, operas, and spoken word with Jermyn Street Theatre, Theatre Now New York, Project Y Theatre Company, New Hazlett Theater, Conch Shell Productions, and City of Asylum, securing development and production opportunities at renowned venues like Edinburgh Fringe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. Her videopoem “I Am Soil Breaking Off” received international acclaim, winning the inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Grand Prize. 

She is a proud alumna of Carnegie Mellon, LAMDA, CELCIT, Fornés Playwriting Workshop, Academy for New Musical Theatre, and Eberly Center Future Faculty Program.

What They're Saying

unexpected, funny, and entertaining
— Cora Frank, Director

wide-ranging in form and witty in tone
— Leyendo LatAm

her analytical relationship with language gives her work immediacy, her calibrated sense of irony gives it bite, and the pressure she puts on formal boundaries (...) a reckless irreverence

— Rob Handel, Playwright

Paloma has an incredibly efficient method of analyzing any situation or task and finding the best possible way (...) to achieve the desired result. Part of this is her excellent communication skill, and part of this is her genuine love of the puzzle.
— Christian Fleming, Designer

Latest News

Cola’o: A Bilingual Trova’ llega a Nueva York, Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular (May 2022)

Músicos puertorriqueños participarán en el Festival Sound Bites en Nueva York, El Nuevo Día (May 2022)

Joven puertorriqueña gana competencia de cine “¡Tú Cuentas!, Orlando Sentinel (November 2021)

Putting the Pieces Together: CMU alumna crosses borders and language barriers to bring poetry to the masses, Carnegie Mellon University (October 2021)

Why We Write: Inside the Creative Process with the Poet Laureates for Allegheny County, Sampsonia Way Magazine (May 2021)

Close But Not Too Close Made Us Beg for More, The Young-Howze Theater Journal (March 2021)

27 Contemporary Puerto Rican Poets To Read Right Now, Leyendo Lat Am: A Latin American Book Blog (February 2021)

Across the Cut: Paloma Sierra, Carnegie Mellon University (September 2020)

Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Competition Winners, Pittsburgh Today Live (January 2020)


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