His designs for The Mikado (Lyric Stage), Kiss Me Kate (Lyric Stage) and The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme Le Monde (BeauJest/Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival) got 2013 and 2010 IRNE nominations and Hubbie Awards for Best Costumes. His design for Nicholas Nickleby got 2011 IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominations. His designs for Urinetown, The Musical (Lyric Stage) received the 2006 IRNE Award nomination for Best Costumes and the show got the IRNE Award for Best Production.
His work has been featured in LIVE DESIGN, TD & T and Sightlines. When not designing, Mr. Jaen presents workshops on design-tech portfolio and website development and in digital rendering He is the author of Developing and Maintaining a Design-Tech Portfolio, SHOW CASE, 2nd Edition, by Focal Press, (USITT Golden Pen 2013 nomination), and Costume Design and Collaboration, by FocalPress/Routledge. He also contributed to two chapters (related to Frankenstein) in the book of the book Fashioning Horror, by Bloomsbury.
Memberships include United Scenic Artist (USA) 829, United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT), and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).
Rafael Jaen is a costume designer and technician; he is a design-tech teacher and book author, and he is a national leader at organizations that promote oportunities for the next generation of theater artists.