Meet Jake Baysarri. 3rd Year Bachelor of Communications (Media Arts Production) and BCII UTS student.
Jake Baysarri is the man with a plan. A very big plan. The plan to direct the most multicultural, most diverse, most talented musical UTS has ever seen, and if sold out shows are anything to go by, he’s done it. First impressions? He was a visionary, passionate and animated, I honestly felt out of my depth. But he just has that reassuring smile, that makes you think, damn right I can do it.
WHAT IS HAIRSPRAY?
Jake: Product you use on your hair?
*oh damn I better clarify this question*
*Man interviewing is hard*
*such a good answer though*
WHAT IS HAIRSPRAY? (to you)
Jake: Hairspray is an opportunity. Not just for those who watch it, but its an opportunity for a strong female cast, a diverse cast full of women and full of LGBTIQ. Its theatre the art form provides.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ROLE, BEING DIRECTOR
Jake: I facilitate creativity, I provide a vessel for those who wanna perform and show their talent in a somewhat professional environment
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE 60’S
Jake: The style and aesthetic. Pastels and leather is so interesting! It’d be awesome to dress like in the 50s and 60’s
IF YOU DID LIVE IN THE 60’S…WHAT WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST (FROM NOW)
Jake: I’d miss freedom of expression, being able to express yourself is a relatively new concept, like the new waves of feminism, new types of politics. I’d miss being able to say no. Its very black and white. That’s why I love Hairspray it makes people’s dreams come true, it’s a platform for expression and no need to hide who they are.
SELL ME HAIRSPRAY IN 3 WORDS
Bold, Beautiful and Surprising