PAOLA SOTO, better known as DOMINICAN PIE, was born in the Dominican Republic and grew-up in New York City. As an actress, writer, producer, and director she has spent more than ten years either on stage or behind the scenes. She holds a BA of English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, where she won the Jacob Weiser Playwriting Award for her one‐act play ON THE ONE TRAIN. Her writing credits include the one‐act plays Tainted Lives and Quisqueya Heights. Contributions to the full length plays; TWO (2) NOBLE BROTHERS produced by Cornerstone Productions and DON'T SEE MY BONES AND THINK I'M DEAD, which was also filmed as a documentary for PBS. As a writer and director, Paola has worked on Urban Youth Theater’s REPORT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD. She also directed the one‐act play THE PART OF PANHANDLING and helped to develop, write, and direct Artist for Creative Theatre's first original production, LITTLE WHITE LIES, which premiered at Center Stage. Her professional experience also includes holding a position at two major mainstream trade publishers and as an editorial and publishing consultant for COUNTY OF KINGS, the 2010 New York Book Festival Book of Year winner. She has worked with organizations like Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Teatro El Puente and such institutions like New York University’s Creative Arts Team. Her experience has given her the privilege of teaching acting, theater, and writing to students through out New York City for more than five years. She is currently an intern in the Drama Division at The Juilliard School. She's also a founding member of The Bago Bunch a group of artists, taste-makers, and working professionals from Washington Heights.