Luis Perez

Luis Perez(Actor/Dancer/Choreographer/Associate Dean and Chair of Musical Theatre at Manhattan School of Music) was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for seven years and worked with such luminaries as Agnes DeMille, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, Twyla Tharp, and Jerome Robbins. On Broadway, he appeared in The Phantom of the Opera (original NY cast), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (original cast), Dangerous Games (original cast), Man of LaMancha (1992 and 2001 revivals), Ain’t Broadway Grand (original cast), Grand Hotel, Passion, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and Chicago (original revival cast). He was Bernardo in the 1986 national tour of West Side Story and Harry Beaton in New York City Opera’s production of Brigadoon. Luis has also performed extensively in off-Broadway and regional productions. He choreographed and starred in the national and international tour of Forbidden Christmas with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2004. His TV and film work includes several daytime serials, Cosby, Murder Mystery, and the Woody Allen film Everyone Says I Love You. As a choreographer, his credits include the Broadway shows Man of La Mancha, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and The Civil War. He was fight director on Wild Party, Marie Christine, and Dangerous Games. Mr. Perez was Assistant Director/Choreographer to Graciela Daniele for Marie Christine, A New Brain, and Everyone Says I Love You. He assisted Tina Paul with the choreography for Nick and Nora. Off-Broadway, he choreographed Open Hearts, written by and starring Robby Benson; Thunder Knocking on the Door, with music by Keb Mo; The Spitfire Grill; Carson McCullers; and Light Years. Other notable productions are Pokemon Live! (Director, Choreographer) at Radio City Music Hall; Venecia (Choreographer) for George Street Playhouse, starring Chita Rivera; The Threepenny Opera (Choreographer) at ACT, starring Bebe Neuwirth; and Don’t Stop the Carnival (Choreographer), written by Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk. Mr. Perez choreographed the films Random Hearts, starring Harrison Ford, and Liberty Heights, starring Bebe Neuwirth and Joe Mantegna, as well as several commercials. From 2006 to 2015, he was Head of the Musical Theatre Department and Associate Professor at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He is currently the Associate Dean and Musical Theatre Chair of Manhattan School of Music’s new Musical Theatre degree.  In 2007 Mr. Perez became a Fulbright Senior Specialist and received a grant to teach in Prague, Czech Republic. He is a member of SDC, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA. Learn more about Luis Perez by visiting: