First things first -- call me Rafi.
As a born and raised New Yorican (New York Puerto Rican) you learn a lot of useful skills and traits like always adding Adobo to any cooking recipe (because it's that good), staying true to the Yankees, and never trusting that the 2 train will stay on schedule. You also learn about pride in one's culture, never assuming that anything in this world is automatically given to you, and, most importantly, hard work and patience truly pays off. These are only a few of the many things my parents taught me over the years and, for that, I am always and forever grateful.
My childhood was as ambitious as it could get; mom practically enrolled me into every type of class there was (technology club, dance lessons, chess club, karate, children's choir, little league, etc.) with the hopes that I'd be motivated to eventually attend college and make a career for myself. By the time junior year of high school came around, a passion for the arts became more than just an after-school activity. It ended up being the one thing that resonated deep within and that's when I knew I found my goal.
After graduating from Shenandoah University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, I've had the wonderful pleasure of working nonstop with companies like Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment) and Celebrity Cruises Productions. Each experience has taught me invaluable information that has shaped me into the person I am today.
While performing may be at the forefront, interests in play-writing and directing have always been prevalent as well as a desire to be the proud owner of a Siberian husky and Samoyed. And let's not forget the desire to travel and see what this beautiful world has to offer (plus, I want to see each and every Disney park ever created).