Bio

Meet Rachel

Rachel Kara Perez is a NY-based singer, actor, and poet who is passionate about building community through the arts. Her work spans multiple genres, contexts, and locales. A member of Actors' Equity and a Latin Grammy Nominated musician with a repertoire ranging from opera to contemporary to Afro-Cuban Jazz, Rachel has appeared as a featured vocalist in concert at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Apollo Theater, among others. As a Teaching Artist and Facilitator, she has been involved with a number of organizations using theatre, music, dance, and the written word to educate and uplift NYC, immigrant, and refugee youth. Rachel is a recipient of the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship from The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and the Jennifer Saltzstein Kaffenberger Fellowship from Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) for her work with Unaccompanied Minors. In her life as a writer and poet, she has participated in workshops at Cave Canem and The Leslie-Lohman Museum, where she was subsequently published in the magazine The Archive. She is a founding member of the Zine Streaks of Lavender, with whom she co-facilitated a writing workshop at the NYC Feminist Zine Fest, and was an EMERGENYC 2019 Artist with The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She recently appeared on BronxNet as the Artist Spotlight on the show OPEN, hosted by Rhina Valentin, and is currently developing an interdisciplinary solo performance piece.

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