Richard is an award-winning actor, director and educator. He teaches Acting, Directing, Theatre History, Playwriting and Introduction to Theatre. He also serves as the Managing Director for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. At Hope he has directed Playboy of the Western World and Urinetown.
In 2011 he completed a two-year fellowship granted by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). The TCG New Generations/Future Leaders Fellowship took him to Chicago Dramatists as its first Associate Artistic Director. Prior to that, he was the Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Indiana for seven seasons. He was responsible for selecting, creating, and overseeing all aspects of production for that company. In that time he oversaw the production of over thirty new plays, with at least sixteen of those being world premieres.
His work on new plays includes: the development of the musical .22 Caliber Mouth by Lauren Robert (which he acted in and which eventually opened off-Broadway), the direction of Sarah Treem's Empty Sky, Susan Lieberman's Arrangement for Two Violas, John Green's The Liquid Moon, Sheila Callaghan's Kate Crackernuts, Trista Baldwin's Chicks…I and II, and Toni Press-Coffman's Holy Spirit on Grand Avenue. Other directing credits include: All My Sons, True West, Hurly Burly, The Mercy Swing (2007 New York Fringe Festival) and Nocturnal (part of the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival). 2009 marked his second year as a director at The Indiana Repertory Theatre for the Bonderman Symposium of New Play Development.
Most recently he directed the world premiere of Steven Peterson’s The Invasion of Skokie for Chicago Dramatists and Fu**ing A for Urban Theatre in Chicago. Recent acting roles include: Gabe in Dinner with Friends and Oscar in The Odd Couple and he was a season regular on the last season of Boss, with Kelsey Grammer. He has also worked as an actor on Chicago Fire and in several national commercials.
Mr. Perez has taught acting or improvisation for The National Actor's Theatre in New York City, at Arizona State University, Theatre Sports New York, Indiana University, Ohlone College, University of Wyoming, the Bloomington Playwrights Project and numerous workshops around the country. He has also served on several arts boards and adjudicated for many regional and national playwriting contests. He studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York City. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists. He was also an acting apprentice at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and received a BA in Theatre from Hunter College in New York and an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University.