Noelle Dominique Rodriguez is a rare native of Los Angeles. She is Native American to the regions of Chihuahua and Durango in Mexico. Her family came from, what is now, Tuscon, Arizona, and traveled by covered wagon to Los Angeles and have lived there for the past five generations.

Both of Noelle’s parents grew up in Boyle Heights, a small community located between Downtown Los Angeles and East Los Angeles. Her mother worked in the men’s jail, for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. for over twenty years. Her father served in the Marine Corps during Desert Storm. From a young age they instilled in her discipline, creativity, and awareness. Her father took art classes a a local studio and encouraged her to explore painting, wood carving, and calligraphy.

Before Noelle had hopes of becoming an actress, she studied dance, with over ten years of training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hawaiian, and Folklorico. A career as a dancer seemed to be the obvious path until she took her first acting class and immediately fell in love with the craft. During the fall semester of her freshman year,at Sonoma State University, she declared herself an acting major. She went on to received her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Acting

A year after graduating, she was invited to travel to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with Dramatic Adventure Theatre, where she was challenged to  immerse her self fully in a foreign culture. Noelle spent time in the small Roma village of Rankovce, Slovakia, teaching Roma(Gypsy) children how to create theater and write their own stories. While stationed at the village, she volunteered, to help build houses for certain members of the village.

The Roma are a people who have faced horrible discrimination and isolation from the rest of Europe, and cast away. Noelle along with a small ensemble of actors, where inspired by the sense of love and family the community extended to them, went on to create a play, inspired by the experience and the people of the community,”  The Town at the Edge of the Sunflower Field”. This experience has forever shaped the artist Noelle still strives to become; An actor and artist who tells the stories of those whose voices are not being heard or can no longer be heard.

Noelle is currently residing in L.A. working on both fronts, theatre and film. She hopes to establish herself as an actor that creates relevant and engaging stories. Stories that challenge audiences and bring light to the lives that are not heard or seen.
Some of her favorite theatre credits include the title role in, Marisol (Nominated for Best Actress (SOTA Awards 2014) and Turnings, an new play by, Stephanie Neuerburg. She has also been featured on the hit HBO series, Insecure.

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