“Flor De Liz Perez is an artist with her feet rooted firmly to the ground, her heart expansive and open to people, and a funny warm imagination. That rich voice and laugh add to her beauty, and she’s a grounding pleasure to be in the room with. A true collaborator, a compelling actor.”
~ Quiara Alegría Hudes; Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, barrio feminist and all-around badass woman.
Having been nurtured by her mother at a young age to unlock the power and beauty of empathy and imagination through books, Perez cannot remember a time when she wasn’t captivated by storytelling and play. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, NY, she landed the role of a penguin in her elementary school show one year and hasn’t left the stage since.
Perez received her BA in Theatre from Bucknell University and trained at the London Dramatic Academy for a semester under Sir Richard Digby Day, before traveling to live in France and pick up the French language and capoeira. She then went on to receive her MFA in Acting at the Professional Actor Training Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, receiving additional training at the Guthrie Theatre under the beloved Ken Washington.
During her time at UNC-Chapel Hill, she began her professional career, performing in various productions with the renowned regional theatre company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, including Romeo and Juliet, The Little Prince, and In the Continuum. Ray Dooley, head of the UNC Professional Actor Training Program and long-time PlayMakers company member, says of Perez, “Flor De Liz makes any rehearsal room better just by being in it. She is talented, disciplined, joyful, and empathetic. I would look for any chance to have her in a cast.”
Perez has continued to work extensively in theatre (in both English and Spanish) across the country and internationally, carrying lead roles in productions at notable theatres including: The Royal National Theatre in London, the LAByrinth Theater Company, the Public Theater and Repertorio Español in New York, and Yale Repertory and Berkeley Repertory; as well as guest starring on such TV shows as “Elementary” and “Madam Secretary.”
Ever a believer in the nurturing force of creativity, Perez is a long-time volunteer at the 52nd Street Project (www.52project.org), making magical mayhem with the kids of Hell’s Kitchen. The Project is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of nine and eighteen. The Project does this through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists. They also offer other theatrical and educational after-school opportunities.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
~George Bernard Shaw