Paloma Garcia-Lee is an established actress who gained notoriety for her standout performances on the Broadway stage and now is making an outstanding leap to television and film. Paloma’s career is on a meteoric trajectory, and there’s no chance of slowing down anytime soon. Dynamic and versatile, Garcia-Lee has captured the essence of what it is to be a singular show-woman with her raw, authentic and captivating acting, dancing and singing.

Born into a theatrical family she was home schooled by her parents so she could pursue a career in the arts.

Paloma was laser focused at a young age and left home at 14 years old to attend North Carolina School of the Arts for boarding school where she completed High School in 3 years and is one of very few student in the schools history to have entered into the School of Ballet and then graduated from the School of Drama.

Within a few months of moving to New York made her Broadway debut at 17 years old. She has been seen in 6 Broadway shows and has over 15 stage credits to her name. She is making her dazzling debut in a major Hollywood feature film starring as Graziella in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story. This is just the beginning of what Paloma has set her eyes on and looks forward to whats next.

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Steven Spielberg has been making West Side Story in his head for a very long time. As a boy in Phoenix in the late 1950s, he had only the soundtrack, and he tried to picture the action and dancing that might accompany it. “My mom was a classical pianist,” says the filmmaker. “Our entire home was festooned with classical musical albums, and I grew up surrounded by classical music. West Side Story was actually the first piece of popular music our family ever allowed into the home.

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“ I want to be in the space of someone who loves creating and storytelling in a way that lights me up and inspires me. I want to connect with the people I work with, knowing that we complement each other’s energy.”

- Paloma Garcia-Lee via DanceMagazine

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PALOMA GARCIA LEE Tell us a little about your life, growing up. My parents were both in the arts and I was born into this incredible, loving and artistic home. My earliest memories are of my dad playing instruments around the house and my mom bringing me to class with her. I’d listen to my […]

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story. The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated [...]

Paloma Garcia-Lee’s unconventional UNCSA path leads to Broadway success

You wouldn’t call Drama and Dance alumna Paloma Garcia-Lee’s artistic journey a conventional one. The 2008 high school Drama graduate originally came to UNCSA to study ballet. She’d grown up hearing about the school from her mother, high school dance alumna Teresa (Terri) Garcia. “I heard about NCSA from the first moment I can remember,” Garcia-Lee says. “Within the first week [...]