Omar Perez is an actor, director, writer and educator. He began his acting career with the internationally recognized Pregones Theatre (partial list): The Red Rose starring Grammy winner Danny Rivera (winner of the 2006 HOLA award for Best Musical), The Beep (winner of the 2007 HOLA award for Best Ensemble) and Dancing In My Cockroach Killers (Off-Broadway). Other stage credits include Passion Nation, DC7 The Roberto Clemente Story (Off Broadway), The Wizard of Oz, and Man of La Mancha. He is a 2017 ACE award nominee for his work as Sancho Panza in Miguel Will. His one-man show Rhapsodia, has been presented at several NYC festivals. Recent T.V. credits include Younger (TVland), FBI: Most Wanted (CBS) Power, Ray Donovan (Starz network) Russian Dolls (Netflix) and Search Party (TBS).
Omar's focus as a director is in the development of collaborative and conceptual new works. Recent directing projects include Tavares Strachan’s In Plain Sight (Marian Goodman Gallery, London) Embracing Bethlehem/ Abrazos a Belén (Touchstone Theatre’s Festival Unbound), The Names, In 5 Beats; a collaboration between LaMama and Pregones Theatre that showcased beatboxers and actors lead by Omar and renown Beatrhymer Kid Lucky. Manchild Machismo, (Off Broadway, Winner of 2016 Hola Audience Favorite for Best Direction) 3 Is Enough, an international collaborative project between theaters representing The Bronx, Belgium, South Africa, and Peru, Name and Blame Inc. by Ricardo Perez-Gonzalez, and Breath to Breath, by Michael Wells-Oakes.
As an educator, Omar has worked with ArtsConnection, Lincoln Center Education,
People’s Theatre Project, Creative Arts Team, The Center for Arts Education, and as an individual artist for NYCDOE. Populations taught include grades 2-12, College and University workshops, Incarcerated youth at Rikers Island, residents in domestic shelters and Lifelong learners. He has also served as a joker in Forum theatre based on Theatre of the Oppressed work of Augusto Boal. He is currently an Arthur Miller Foundation Mentor for first and second year NYCDOE theatre teachers and a Shubert Foundation adjudicator for their Annual High School festival.