Award-winning Kenyan-American storyteller who came onto the scene with her directorial debut, “BOUND: Africans vs African-Americans”, a feature-length documentary that explores the little known tension between Africans and African Americans. BOUND played in over two dozen festivals around the world winning the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2014), the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (2015), and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York (2015). It continues to screen at festivals and universities including Harvard and Columbia. BOUND is available on iTunes, Amazon and the Urban Movie Channel. Her latest projects, the short film “Glimpse” premiered at the 2019 Montreal International Black Film Festival, and “Stray”, produced by 20th Century Fox Digital is slated to premiere at Canneseries in the Fall of 2020.
Peres is currently developing her next feature based on her original screenplay, “The Basket Weaver”; winner of the International Screenwriters Association Fast Track Fellowship (2018) and Meryl Streep NYWIFT Writer’s Lab Competition (2015), finalist at the Universal Studios Global Talent Writing Fellowship competition (2018). She is also developing “The White Rhino” for Gaumont TV and “Inherited” for Hartbeat and TinkerToy Productions. Her writing credits also include; “Seasons of Love”, produced by Taraji P. Henson and nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing of a Television Movie, “Once Upon A Time in Africa” currently in production, “FOUND” also a finalist at the Universal Studios Global Talent Writing Fellowship competition (2018) and “Birds In An Open Cage”, currently in development. Peres’ original works for the stage include the one-act play, “Cut” which premiered at The Walt Disney Concert Hall – REDCAT in 2010, and her one-woman show, “Beauty For Ashes” which premiered in LA in 2009, and her upcoming play “65:45”.
A commanding actress, Peres is an LA Ovation nominee who has appeared in dozens of plays in both New York and Los Angeles. She’s played coveted roles like Hamlet in the LATC presentation of “Hamlet: Princess of Nubia” and Lady Macbeth in the Coleman and Smith Artistic Company’s presentation of “Mocbet”. Her recent acting credits include the Off-Broadway production of “Supernatural”, “Break The Whip” directed by Academy Award ® winning director Tim Robbins, “Red Noses” directed by Tony Award ® winning director Dominique Serrand and the feature film “Default” opposite David Oyelowo (Selma). Her voice has also landed her roles in films like Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and Sasha Baron Cohen’s film “The Brothers Grimsby” and the upcoming TV show, “The Looming Tower”.
Peres studied improv at the Groundlings School and standup comedy with legendary comedian, Judy Carter. She performs Standup across Los Angeles. A collection of her writings are featured in her debut novel, “On The Verge”, published by Underground Voices.
Peres is repped by Creative Artist Agency, CAA.