Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Rafael Jean

Who are you? Rafael Jaen

What do you do? I am a professional costume designer and a design-technology professor at Emerson College.

Where are you from originally? Caracas, Venezuela the New York City!

How long have you been working in Boston? Since 1985; I am older than Iook… Gasp! p!!!

Why do you stay? I love the seasons in New England, I love the urban scale and the historical neighborhoods. The city keeps growing in sophisticated ways; including a thriving art scene. Plus you can’t beat its proximity to Cape Cod!

What’s your earliest theatre memory? A production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House mounted as a contemporary actors rehearsal in 1979. Though I was young. the immedicay of the topic and the earnest delivery from the actors hooked me.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Believe it or not; it was a Hasty Pudding show at Harvard. I met many of my first theater tech friends there.

What was your first job in the theatre? Designing costumes for the Watertown Dance Company in the late 80’s.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Homemade gnocchi with truffle butter.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Chocolat!

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? I am usually behind the scenes… I try to snack and have mints at hand…

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? Shorter winters!

What kind of theater excites you? All of it; specially new works with an edge.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Show up; show up, show up!!!

The Boston Theatre Conference focused on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I completely embrace the idea it is about linking the pleasure of theater with a commitment to community and the cultural environment.

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