"Since the very beginning, I've always been performing. I can't remember a time in my childhood where I wasn't singing or dancing or putting on made up plays in the living room with my brothers and sisters. Luckily, I was blessed with two incredible parents who nurtured my talents, exposed me to creative opportunities and provided me with unconditional love and support.
'Do what makes you happy' is what they always told me... and that's why I'm pursuing a life in the performing arts.
It's a beautiful thing when talent, passion and choice are all in alignment. I'm doing what I love, I'm loving what I do and I'm happy."
From Grand Blanc, MI, Crystal Jasmine Lucas-Perry is the middle of five children (siblings: Evelyn, Victoria, Laval and Patrick). At an early age, Crystal showed a high musical aptitude and performance ability. As such, her parents (Laval Perry and Dr. Patricia Lucas) exposed her to various artistic opportunities, which were instrumental to her appreciation for the arts.
In 2006, she followed her theatrical passion to Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI). At Western, she received the Irene Ryan Award for her performance as Norca in Our Lady of 121st Street in 2008. In 2009, she received her second Irene Ryan Award as Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children, advanced as the regional winner, and performed at the Kennedy Center for the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) in Washington D.C.
In 2010, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors in Performing Arts. For her high academic achievement, she was inducted into the Golden Key International, Alpha Lamda Delta and Alpha Kappa Mu honor societies.
In 2011, Crystal was invited to perform and teach at the esteemed Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA. As a member of the Fellowship and Non-Equity Company, she originated the role of Becky in When You’re Here, Claire in Finding Robert Hutchens and performed in all three of the festival cabarets. While at Williamstown, she performed alongside Sam Rockwell and Jessica Hecht in David Cromer’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She was invited to return for the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival to perform alongside Kelli O'hara and Steven Pasquale in the musical premiere of Far From Heaven, directed by Michael Grief and Larry Yurman.
Crystal’s creativity extends beyond the stage. As the founder and CEO of Crystal Made Productions LLC, she along with Lelund Durond Thompson created "Take Us Forward" (Obama 2012). This youtube sensation was used by the Obama campaign during his 2012 re-election and many of the Democratic National Conventions. On February 4, 2013, Crystal Made Productions had its New York Production Debut at 54 Below as the co-writer of The Eve of Jackie : an original play exploring and celebrating the life of “Mr Excitement”, the late, great entertainer, Jackie Wilson. Due to a sold out premiere, this production, starring Chester Gregory and directed by Tony Award Nominee, DaVine Joy Randolph returned to 54 Below and continues to expand its audience across the country. Crystal Made Productions also premiered its first New Musical at the 2013 Annual FreePlay Festival: Ready or Not, (play music and lyrics by Crystal Lucas-Perry) which is preparing for its 2014 fall workshop.
Crystal received her MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) in Graduate Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Class of 2013). In 2012, Crystal and colleague Carl Louis co-produced A Little Song and Dance: A Fundraiser Event to raise additional funds for the 2013 Freeplay Festival. Crystal is the currently the Theatre and Performing Arts Specialist at Harlem Children's Zone's Promise Academy II where she wrote and directed the 2014 world premiere theatrical production of The Harlem King.
Along with her passion for theatre, Crystal continues to pursue her love for writing, composing and producing music. She has performened on numberous stages througout New York City including BB Kings Blues Club, Joe's Pub, The Town Hall and several others.
Her future goals include the release of her album, staying actively involved in the community and continuing to flourish within the performance industry.
Crystal currently resides in New York City.