Eva Noblezada was nominated for a Tony Award this past year for starring on Broadway in Hadestown. It was her second Tony nomination in two Broadway roles, following her earlier nod in the title role in Miss Saigon in 2017. She’ll soon be seen as the lead in Diane Paragas’ award-winning Sony Pictures film, Yellow Rose. She was previously a lead in Hadestown at the National Theatre in London after starring in the West End revivals of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in NYC.
Diane Paragas is an award-winning writer/director, editor, cinematographer and producer of narrative features, documentaries and commercials.
In 2019, Paragas completed her debut narrative feature, Yellow Rose, about an undocumented Filipino-American teen pursuing a dream to become a country music singer. The film won over a dozen Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Yellow Rose is the first Filipino-American film to be distributed by a major Hollywood studio and will be released by Sony Pictures in the near future.
Paragas is currently in pre-production for a bold feature documentary about a wrongfully convicted illegal immigrant called “The Three Lives of David Wong” that uses puppetry to tell its story. Paragas is also developing The Lizard Garden, a magical realism film set in Japanese occupied Manila during WWII.
Ms. Paragas is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Award and an inaugural fellow of the Geena Davis Institute.