Joel Perez currently starring in the Broadway production of Fun Home talks about diversity in theater, his advice to aspiring performers and the teachers who inspired him most.
Tell us about your first theater and/or music experience or earliest memory of it.
What was your first car and your first job (doesn't have to be creative!)
How did you get involved with the production of Fun Home, initially at the Public?
Tell us about your roles in Fun Home?
What is your favorite movie, book, TV show?
You traveled the world performing in the touring cast of In The Heights, what was that creative and personal experience like for you?
In your opinion, what does diversity in theater mean to you? Whether in subject matter or casting?
The music in this show is incredibly moving. What is something you hope to achieve each night with every new audience, in a creative sense or other?
Congratulations to you and the entire cast of Fun Home for being a awarded the Best Musical Tony Award for 2015! (Among other well deserved accolades) For a show that stands out these season in the best way, what do you think this means for the future of theater?
What is your guilty pleasure?
Tell us about your education at Tufts University and performance training at British American Drama Academy in London! Was there a particular instructor that inspired you?
What advice has been invaluable to you and you would like to impart on aspiring artists?