My given name is Rafael Pérez Jr. and I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. There I attended the University of Texas at El Paso and obtained a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. While at UTEP, I was active in the theatre department as an actor and student director. Mom always knew I was meant to do something artistic. As a kid and budding teen I'd play "Power Rangers" with my nephews and would direct how our story would unfold. "Mijo va ser un director," she'd say. My son is going to be a director. Although I do enjoy directing, the exhilaration of fully taking on a character and his circumstances fulfills me more.
After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I made a life changing move to New York City when I was accepted into the Actors Studio Drama School. Three years later I was awarded an MFA in Acting. At ASDS I studied with Jaqcueline Knapp and Elizabeth Kemp preparing roles by renowned writers such as Donald Margulies, Yazmina Reza, Martin McDonaugh, and Peter Shaffer.
Some of my favorite roles of all time include James in Time Stands Still, The Writer in Vieux Carré and Valdez in Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train. Each of those roles and experiences have definitely left bookmarks in my life and changed me as a person and the way I approach characters.
I was inspired to write a book at the age of ten but instead found myself writing scripts while in college and grad school. It has been my pleasure for members of The Actors Studio to bring some of my writing to their work at the studio.
Recently I accepted a lecturer position in the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Texas at El Paso and I teach Acting Fundamentals.
I am currently seeking representation. Now residing in El Paso, TX.
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