Director, Benjamin Perez

Benjamin Perez, Director, Eastside HeartbeatsBenjamin Perez (Director) originated the role of Hal Fisher in the acclaimed and sold-out 2016 production of EASTSIDE HEARTBEATS. He went on to cover the role of Carlos Ramirez in the May 2016 extension. In 2015, he played “Senator Max Evergreen” in the national tour of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, with original direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall. Previously, he played “Kevin Rosario” on the 2nd national tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS, with direction by HAMILTON creatives Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire and Andy Blankenbuehler. Last year, he won a “Scenie” and 9 Inland Theater League awards for his production of IN THE HEIGHTS, which he directed at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont.

Regional roles include: Merelli in LEND ME A TENOR, Ziegfeld in FUNNY GIRL, and Rooster in ANNIE. He has worked with such distinguished writer/directors as Ed Begley, Jr., Ray Cooney, and Jules Aaron. He is currently playing “Kevin Rosario” as well as serving as dialect coach for PCPA’s fall production of IN THE HEIGHTS in Santa Maria/Solvang. Born in Montebello and raised in Hacienda Heights, this LA native is proud of his Latino roots and is eager to share some of the incredible stories that have risen out of his culture and his glorious Ciudad de Los Angeles. As always, for my dear Papa, Moe, who gave me his love and passion for music.