Paloma Nuñez is a multi-faceted, award-winning American-Canadian performer from Chicago, Illinois. Paloma was born in the icy grip of Chicago and her parents promptly decided, "this place is too cold" so they moved to Florida when she was just one year old. It was there that Paloma thought her life would consist of golden sun tans, frolicking on the beach, eating oysters on the half shell. To her horror, her parents then decided, "this place is too hot", and when she was just eight years old, she was moved to Northern Ontario to a mining town called Sudbury. Her parents decided that Sudbury was “juuuuuust right”. Paloma’s olive skin turned green for 8 months of the year and the sun became a long lost friend. Out of solidarity with the sun she refused to learn to ice skate, a solemn promise that she's kept to this day.
It was in Canada that Paloma discovered her love for performing. Her professional career began in Toronto after she graduated from the University of Guelph (majoring in Drama and Math; yes...math). She completed the Second City Training Centre's Conservatory Program and scooped herself up a husband, Kevin Whalen, while she was doing it! She began to perform all over Toronto with The Second City, The Bad Dog Theatre, The Impatient Theatre Company and at Comedy Bar. This comedic path led Paloma to the successful career she has today.
Since her humble beginnings, Paloma has gone on to win a Canadian Comedy Award (for “Best Live Ensemble’ with the all-star cast of She The People), a Dora Mavor Moore Award (For Best Ensemble), for her work in Wonder Pageant, and a Screen Actors Guild Award (for her performance in Spotlight - Academy Award Winner for ‘Best Picture’). She has been nominated for several Canadian Comedy Awards, several My Entertainment Awards.
Currently, Paloma is an actor, comedian, director and voice artist performing across theatre, TV and film. Paloma played Sparky in NBC Sprout’s live action show Terrific Trucks. Other recent film and television credits include: Kim's Convenience, Spotlight, Schitt's Creek, Workin' Moms, Odd Squad, Conviction,The Border, The Listener, Warehouse 13, Lucky 7, The Girlfriend Experience, The Strain, Killjoys, Shazam!, Baroness Von Sketch, Odd Squad, Creeped Out, The Beaverton In Contempt, and Designated Survivor. Keep an eye out for Paloma in Mouthpiece, directed by Patricia Rozema, playing summer 2019.
Paloma’s talents are not limited to TV and film, she is also a prolific theatre actor. She had the distinct honour of performing with the Alameda Theatre Company in several productions including The Refugee Hotel (nominated for a Dora Award ), The Intruder (Summerworks 2011), and Chile Con Carne at the Factory Theatre. Her theatre/theater work has taken her all over North America where she has excelled in both comedy and drama.
Paloma has worked with many industry legends from Judith Thompson to Carmen Aguirre. Selected theatre credits include: STUCK (Factory Theatre), The Harold Experience (Next Stage Festival 2018), The Wonder Pageant (Coal Mine Theatre), Moonstruck (Tarragon/Bad Dog Theatre), Chile Con Carne (Factory Theatre), She The People (Second City Toronto/Just For Laughs Montreal), The MAD Show (Theater Aspen), and Everything Is Great Again (Second City Toronto).
Paloma is also a coveted director and improv coach. She has been teaching at the Second City Training Centre for over ten years. She also teaches with The Bad Dog Theatre and The Assembly and consults and coaches independently. Her directing has touched such critically-acclaimed productions as Moonstruck, New Phone, Who Dis? and Greater Expectations, (The Second City Toronto’s Education Company).
Upcoming performances - see Paloma every weekend at The Second City Toronto starring in Second City’s award-winning first all female-identifying sketch revue, She The People. This production will also be a part of Just For Laughs in Montreal this July, or in Edmonton Fringe this August. She hopes to see you out and supporting the arts! Paloma spends her free time with her talented actor husband, two boys and demon cat cheering on the Jays, Leafs and the Raps! Follow her exploits on Twitter @palomanuñez and Instagram @thepalomanuñez.
"..Nuñez is simply a knockout.."
- Digital Journal