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Rafael Jaen

Designer Biography


is a practicing costume designer, professor and author. Jaen's costume design (and manufacturing) work includes film, TV and theater and he has received multiple accolades and award nominations including the prestigious Elliot Norton Award and the IRNE Award. He has been a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) since 1995. Other memberships include the United Scenic Artist (USA) 829 and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He has served as the USITT Costume Commission's Portfolio Review

chair, the USITT Costume Commission's Student Initiatives

chair, and as a member of the USITT Membership Committee. He currently serves at the USITT Board of Directors and at the Publications Committee. Jaen is the National Design, Technology and Management Vice-Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), and he serves as the USITT-KCACTF Communications Liaison. Mr. Jaen is an Assistant Professor of Costume Design at UMASS Boston, MA. He has taught numerous workshops at prestigious colleges in the USA, as well as Professional Development Workshops (PDW) and a Costume Symposium for USITT. He is the author of

SHOW CASE, 2nd Edition (Golden Pen 2012 nomination)

, by Focal Press, and he has also written articles for




. He is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center

Golden Medallion for Excellence in Theater Education

. He is currently working on a Joseph P. Healey Research Grant titled "

Secession, Entrepreneurship and Haute Couture in the USA During the Civil War Years: A Look at the Work of a Color Victorian Seamstress."

The research includes a look at Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley a former slave who became the White House dressmaker during the Lincoln administration.

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Costume at the Turn of the Century (1990 - 2015) - Moscow, Russia - - June-August 2015

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