Rachel Kara Pérez is an 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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