Kitchen Table Conversation: Alex Perez

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DATE:  March 16, 2021

The best parties always end up in the kitchen, so pull up a seat and grab your favorite beverage for this first in a series of intimate, one-on-one conversations with CCCT’s audiences and artists.

Our guest will be Alex Perez, director of CCCT’s American Idiot and The Addams Family, on life as a New York working actor during a pandemic, and his latest online project, The Actor’s Channel on YouTube.

Here’s a little bit more about Alex:

Alex was born and raised in the NYC area and was introduced to the musical stage by age 3, playing piano and performing in local and state talent festivals. At age 12, he performed alongside comedian Mario Cantone in the weekly television series Steampipe Alley. At 16, Alex was a series dancer for MTV’s ‘Club MTV’. He continued to work with MTV Networks as a performer, developing pilots and casting series’ including Lip Service12 Angry Viewers, and Remote Control. He was one of off-Broadway’s youngest choreographers and at age 17 he was brought on board to develop the world premiere of OZ! with the Children’s Theater of NY at Playhouse 91.

Alex studied at American Musical Dramatic Academy, Broadway Dance Center, William Esper Studios, Arts Institute of Philadelphia, ComedySportz, Rutgers University, and with various private coaches in acting and voice. He wrote and directed Media Killed the Video Star, which premiered at NY Comedy Club and transferred to Dillon’s Reprise Room for a few seasons. His second creation ‘Ultimate Drag Off’ ran for 10 seasons in various NYC off-Broadway houses. Alex has directed and produced over 125 regional, community, off and off-off-Broadway projects. Alex coaches and teaches adults and teens in various schools in the NY/NJ area and has been the Artistic Director of award-winning musical theatre programs for over 20 years. He has achieved over 15 awards and 35 nominations with Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for his work. Alex re-mounted the award-winning OZ! A Twisted Musical as director/choreographer for an off-Broadway run at Producer’s Club II.

Performing credits include Anna In the Tropics at Colorado Fine Arts Center (Henry Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor);  De La Guarda – Off-Broadway NYC (Daryl Roth Theater), Rus & Lost Arroyos (HERE Arts Center); signed to Gossip Records, scoring a hit dance record in Canada and performing in NYC theaters such as Players Club, Knitting Factory, Producers Club, NY Comedy Club and The Village Gate. Alex has been featured on Film & TV shows including Crown Vic, Shades of Blue, The Deuce, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order & independent and short films.

His Directorial/Choreography credits have been seen in stages across the world including Baltimore Center Stage, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Oberhavel Arts Festival (Germany), El Teatro Presidente (El Salvador), Canada, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maine, and Chaminade University in Hawaii. His productions have earned NJ ACT Perry Awards, RSA’s, Cappie Awards, and recognition in Stage Directions, Playbill, New York TimesStar-Ledger, and Broadway World publications. His recent original play Julian and Romero has been performed at Theater For The New City and featured at NYC Fringe Festival.

Alex is also a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity Association, and SAG-AFTRA.

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