|🏡 Residence||Holland, Michigan|
|🎓 Alma mater||Hunter College (BA), Arizona State University (MFA)|
Richard Perez is an American professional actor, theatre administrator, and director who is currently an assistant professor in theater at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He teaches Acting, Directing, American Theatre History, Audition Techniques, Theatre 101, First Year Seminar, Musical Theatre Workshop and Playwriting. He is a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, and is thus an advocate for an increase of diversity within theater, particularly regarding the inclusion of Latinx individuals into roles and stories.
Early life and Education
Perez was born and raised in Oakland, California and eventually attended the nearby Irvington High School in Fremont. In the 1980's and early 1990's, he was involved in different acting and theater apprenticeships and programs; he was an acting apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville during the 1988-1989 season, and he also helped with a Master Acting Class with Uta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York from 1991 to 1994. During this same period, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Hunter College, graduating in 1996. He continued his higher education at Arizona State University, receiving a Master's of Fine Arts in theater.
Perez has been employed as a visiting Professor at many different universities and as acting and theater director at many different institutions. He served as a lecturer at the Freestyle Repertory Theater in New York City from 1989 to 1992. After receiving his bachelor's degree and in the process of acquiring his MFA, he served as a lecturer at Arizona State University's School of Theatre and Film. From 2002 to 2009, he went on to serve as a lecturer and visiting professors at multiple different educational institutions and projects within Indiana including The Bloomington Playwrights Project, the Midsummer Theater Program, and at the School of Theater at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Perez finished his moving lifestyle at the turn of the decade, serving as a lecturer for the Chicago Dramatists during the 2011-2012 season and as a visiting professor at Ohlone College during 2013. That same year, Perez acquired his second longest-tenured and current position —as an assistant professor in theater arts at Hope College. In addition to his multitude of classes taught and projects he helms, he acquired the position of managing director at the Hope Summer Repertory theater, taking over from the previous managing director, Mary Schakel.
Perez has directed numerous plays throughout the 2000s. Among the most recent, these include Water and Power (Urban Theater Company, 2017), The Invasion of Skokie (Chicago Dramatists, 2010) and Don Coyote (Arizona State University, 2009).
He has also occupied other roles for plays done by Hope College. This includes serving as an actor for the play Stage Door.
He has served as an actor on other professional ventures, including on television and film. Some of these include playing the character Pundit in Amazon's Electric Dreams. He has also played different characters on NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago Med series, playing Jose and Bob respectively. He also has a recurring role as Alderman Ortiz in the Starz series Boss.
- Department of Theatre Faculty Prize for Excellence in Performance (2000-2001). Awarded for thesis project, “Secret Things”, original solo performance.
- Scottie Awards, Secret Things. Original Script, Actor in a Leading Role, Overall Production. (2001)
- Scottie Award, Speed the Plow. Actor in a Leading Role. (1999).
- Scottie Award, Balm in Gilead. Outstanding Ensemble Member
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