Award-Winning Actress (& multi-hyphenate Artist) Crystal Lucas-Perry, who was last seen at the Public Theater in NYC working alongside Tony Kushner, starring in his first major play revival as Zillah in A Bright Room Called Day (2020 Antonyo Award Nominee for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play) — as well as the premiere production of Ain’t No Mo’ (2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play) — has performed and originated roles regionally and throughout New York City, including Lincoln Center, Roundabout, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and more — while continuing to workshop new works in development at various theatre companies, including The Sundance Institute, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons and others. When Broadway returns, Crystal will lead the cast as JOHN ADAMS in the previously announced Broadway musical revival 1776 directed by Diane Paulus.
In addition to her Lortel Award Win and her Antonyo Award Nomination, she received the Craft Acting Award for performance as ‘Azalee’ in the critically acclaimed short film Frank and Azalee Austin and is a two-time award recipient of the prestigious Irene Ryan Award. Leading her cast as the infamous ‘Petruchio’ in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, she and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater production were presented with four Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations.
She is the creator of the new musical comedy Ready or Not, co-writer of the critically acclaimed Jackie Wilson Story: The Eve of Jackie, and served as both an Executive Producer through her production company (Crystal Made Productions L.L.C.) and actor in the recently released horror feature film: Mimesis Nosferatu.
Ms. Lucas-Perry is also a solo music artist and continues to compose, produce, and perform her original music at venues across the country while collaborating on librettos and scores for both the stage and screen. In addition to frequenting the stages of Joe’s Pub and the Town Hall, her sold-out solo concert, Could This Be Love, debuted on the Main Stage at the legendary B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square. She is also the creator of the Obama Song "Take Us Forward" (Obama 2012). The viral youtube sensation was used by the Obama campaign during his 2012 re-election and became the anthem at several Democratic Conventions across the USA.
As an active member of the artistic community, Crystal has continued her passion for arts education as a teaching artist, advocate and mentor for young people. In addition to providing private acting coaching for professionals and contributing to the development of enrichment programs at various organizations and institutions --- she has served as a master class instructor at Williamstown Theatre Festival and as the Performing Arts Specialist at Harlem Children’s Zone, where she wrote and directed the world premiere musical production of The Harlem King.
Crystal holds an MFA from New York University’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program where she was awarded full tuition scholarship, a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University’s Department of Theater, is a graduate of Yale University’s Conservatory for Actors and is a Northwestern University NHSI Cherub Alum.
As the middle of five children, Crystal Jasmine Lucas-Perry is the proud daughter of Dr. Patricia Ann Lucas and Laval Perry. She was born in the city of Detroit, raised in Grand Blanc, Michigan and currently resides in Manhattan.