Rosie Perez- Biography

An Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress and choreographer, Rosie Perez has been a cultural mainstay since her breakout performances in such classic films as Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” Ron Shelton’s “White Men Can’t Jump” and Peter Weir’s “Fearless.”  

Perez will next be seen in “The Last Thing He Wanted,” opposite Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck for Netflix and “Birds of Prey,” opposite Margot Robbie for Warner Brothers.

Her other film credits include: Bergman’s “It Could Happen to You,” “Untamed Heart” and “The Take,” in which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. 

Perez has also made her mark on the stage. She received strong reviews for her performance in “The Ritz” and made her Broadway debut in the hit revival of Terence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” Perez returned to Broadway in 2015 for the highly successful “Fish in the Dark” with Larry David.

Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes and serves as the Artistic Board Chair for Urban Arts Partnership. She details her childhood upbringing and career in her book, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).”


Friday, October 11, 2019
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
$35 per ticket; $60 for 2 tickets

On Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with our distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contributions to film, television, literature and performing arts over six decades. The Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award will be presented to Sandra Guzman, producer and lead interviewer of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and pioneering filmmaker Leslie Harris, director of the classic film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Cash prizes will also be presented to our award-winning filmmakers.

Reel Sisters will celebrate the evening with a screening of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am. Following the film, Malaika Adero, former VP/Senior Editor of Atria (Simon & Schuster), will moderate a conversation with Sandra Guzman and artist/scholar/cultural worker OlaRonke Akinmowo, founder of The Free Black Women's Library. 

Award-winning producer/actress Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), our 2019 festival curator, will serve as our esteemed Mistress of Ceremonies for an exciting evening of fun, film and networking!

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