Jean-Claude Eugene

Biography

Jean-Claude’s love for the stage and his undeniable talent were already evident in the 1970’s when, as a student at the College Notre-Dame du Cap Haitien, the second largest city of Haiti, he started to amaze his peers with his acting and singing abilities.

Under the supervision of Marcel Bedard, a Sorbonne trained priest and scholar, Jean-Claude performed lead parts in numerous Haitian and French plays by Dominique Hyppolite, Jacques Roumain, Racine, Molière,... etc. While very active as an actor, Jean-Claude was also receiving substantial trai ning in music. He played with the C.N.D. orchestra, and later was put in charge of the cultural activities at the College Notre Dame, in addition to his duties as a French literature teacher. Upon migrating to the United States, Jean-Claude attended Pace University in New York, where he graduated as an Economics major. Subsequent graduate studies in International Finance at Pace and Jhons Hopkins have supported his “other” professional life dealing in international finance for a federal agency. Concurrently, with a level of energy only accessible to the true artists, he has kept himself at the forefront of t he music world in the Haitian and other communities with five albums, numerous concerts, tours and interviews.

A very versatile singer-composer, Jean-Claude depicts the different moods of the human soul. His performance s capture the essence of life on his native land and beyond. He wants his artistic work to be understoo d as universal, timeless and “absolute”. His music offers a balanced mix of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and lo vely ballads on classical or jazz progressions.

Among his many memorable performances one can mention:- 5 invitations on the Yomo Toro Show on Canal 41(Telemundo),New-Jersey (1978 – 1980). Place des arts de Mont-Real (1980) - Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (1985) - Whitman Hall of Brooklyn College (Several) - Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach (1986) - Rex Theâtre, Port-au- Prince ( 1987, 2003) - Dade County Auditorium , Miami (1993) - Strand Theater, Boston (1985, 1987, 2000) -Carnegie Hall , New York (2001,2003, 2004) -Lincoln Center, New York (2004) Additionally, Jean-Claude made his debut on the big screen as Jean in Raoul Peck’s first movie AHaiti an Corner”. Subsequent to moving to Northern Virginia in 1993, Jean-Claude created Theatre Mapou of Washington during the year 2000, with a group of very talented local actors. Under Jean-Claude’s arti stic direction, the group has already performed “Gouverneurs de la Rosée”, “Antigone” and “Mouche Defas”, in the U.S. and Canada.