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Rachel Kara Pérez is a​n educator and award-winning ​actor​ and ​singer based in New York City. ​Her performance experience and training covers a variety of genres, including drama, music, and dance.  ​With a​ ​repertoire ranging from classical to Afro-Cuban Jazz, she has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Recent projects include: the World Premiere of CONVICTED, a new play by Riley Thomas in the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival; Broadway Close Up: One Hit Wonders, a concert at Merkin Hall led by Tony Nominee Mark Jacoby; a vocalist for choreographer Beth Gill’s CATACOMB; dancer/vocalist in The Sound of His Living by Bianca Johnson & Dancers; Charlie in Newton’s Cradle directed by Victoria Clark at the New York Musical Festival; and The Concubine in Art of Memory, a new opera workshopped through American Opera Projects.

As a Teaching Artist​ for​ Theatre Development Fund (TDF),​ she works in the Stage Doors Program, leading residencies in NYC schools to expose students to theatre, showing them how it can be a vital part of their everyday lives.  As a Program Facilitator for Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), ​Rachel Kara ​serves as a liaison between the organization, the Volunteer Teaching Artists, and the school where they lead classes in the arts to a Spanish-speaking population of unaccompanied minors.  She is also involved with R.Evolución Latina​, which works to empower the Latino community through the arts, and recently participated in their professional training program, the Beyond Workshop Series​.

A member of Actors’ Equity and a Latin Grammy nominated musician, Rachel Kara was a recipient of the Lys Symonette Award in The Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, and an Outstanding Individual Performance Award from the New York Musical Festival. She holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts, ​minoring in Sociology with a focus on race, sex, and gender politics ​from Marymount Manhattan College. ​Rachel Kara ​views teaching as her activism, ​and centers much of her work on educating and uplifting children through the arts.

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