Richard Perez

Assistant Professor of Theatre
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Richard Perez joined the Hope faculty in 2013. He has worked nationally as a professional actor, director and theatre administrator. Much of his work has been devoted to the development of new plays and playwrights.

He teaches Acting, Directing, American Theatre History, Audition Techniques, Theatre 101, First Year Seminar, Musical Theatre Workshop and Playwriting.

He is also an advocate for greater diversity in American theatre. He  is a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons. LTC is a national movement that uses a commons-based approach to transform the narrative of the American theater, to amplify the visibility of Latinx performance making and to champion equity through advocacy, art making, convening and scholarship.

Areas of Interest

Mr. Perez’s interests include:

  • New play development
  • Improvisation for the stage
  • Solo performance
  • Arts advocacy
  • The Group Theatre
  • August Wilson
  • Latino theatre
  • Violence in American cinema


  • MFA, Arizona State University, 2001
  • B.A., Hunter College, New York, 1997
  • Master Class with Uta Hagen, 1986–88
  • The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, 1983–86


  • Theatre Communications Group, New Generations/Future Leaders Grant, 2009–10   

Outside the college

Richard enjoys traveling and seeing theatre wherever he goes. In addition he is huge movie buff, especially the classics. He enjoys playing games with friends, especially those that involve trivia.

His commitment to young people extends beyond the classroom and into his church, where he is a middle-school youth leader.

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Richard Perez

Phone Number616.395.7603

DeWitt Student Cultural Center Floor 2 141 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3698
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