INTERVIEW WITH JEAN-MARC CAFA

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Date of Birth: 21st January, 1987

Where do you live? Mosta

Status: Single

Star Sign: Aquarius

Main occupation: Creative Director, Studio 18

Media-related occupation: Actor and Theatre Director

Jean-Marc Cafà trained in musical theatre and acting at the Guildford School of Acting where he was awarded both the McGrath Citation Award for Talent and the Entrepreneurship Award, graduating with a BA Hons in Theatre from the University of Surrey.

His acting credits include Billy in The Goat, Leonard in Wife Begins at Forty, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor, John in Audacity, various roles in Loveplay, Ken in Red, Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap, Cleante in The Hypochondriac (Malta) and Jeffrey in Animal Magnetism (UK).

His musical theatre credits include Jack in Into the Woods, Link Larkin in Hairspray (Malta), Ulysses in Orpheus the Mythical (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), The Oracle in Persephone (Edinburgh), the Beatles Philharmonic Tribute at the Royal Albert Hall and MPO’s Movie Spectacular

Boasting an extensive repertoire, Jean-Marc has also directed some Shakespeare scene work for the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe. In 2013, Jean-Marc was invited to participate in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s director workshop. He has also choreographed a number of pantomimes and musical theatre performances.

In 2013, he founded Studio 18 and has held the role of creative director ever since.

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Can you describe your state of mind when you are acting?

I wouldn’t call it a state of mind. It’s a balance between inhabiting a character, playing your objectives and using stagecraft to utilise the space to its full potential for the benefit of the audience.

In your opinion, what is the problem with the world today?

I think our problem is that we don’t follow the examples set by children. If we had to take a leaf out of their book, we would learn to realise that some situations are much less trivial than we think, that for the most part life is quite colourful, and that it is imperative that we should try and have some fun!

What are the three most important attributes in a woman?

The same attributes I would find important in any human being – empathy, humility, altruism.

Do you think that because something is more expensive, it is automatically better?

Not necessarily, Sunday strolls and a dip in the sea come for free! 

What role does technology play in your life?

Unfortunately, quite a large one! Recently, I found myself having to spend a day without a phone or laptop and I felt totally lost.