Award-winning Kenyan-American whose directorial debut, “BOUND: Africans vs African-Americans”, a feature documentary exploring the tension between Africans and African Americans, played dozens of festivals around the world winning the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York . Her shorts, “Stray”, produced by 20th Century Fox Digital, premiered at Canneseries and was part of 2020 Huluween and “Glimpse” is out to Festivals.
Peres is currently developing a feature based on her original screenplay, “The Basket Weaver”; winner of the International Screenwriters Association Fast Track Fellowship and NYWIFT Meryl Streep Writer’s Lab Competition. “The White Rhino” with Gaumont TV, “Inherited” with Berlanti and TinkerToy Productions, and "Once Upon A Time in Africa" with Echo Studios. Her past writing credits 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, her stage plays, “Cut” which premiered at The Walt Disney Concert Hall – REDCAT in 2010 and her one-woman show, “Beauty For Ashes”.
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) and McKuin Frankel et al.