At this point in my life it would be Salvador Dali. His irreverent, bold and unconventional style would make an ideal collaborator. I would love to direct a play that he'd design. I love working with designers who are talented and bring their own ideas to the table. I have someone like that now with Alan Trumpler. As a director, I don't always know what I want, but I know what I don't want. And to surround myself with talented people I can trust makes me look good...or makes it look like I know what I'm doing.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Pope Francis. I was an altar boy for years and went to catholic school. Back then I thought I'd become a priest. I never thought I'd see the day where a Latino would become pope, let alone one who was a bouncer before he became a priest. He's shaking up the Vatican. Can't wait for him to cause more trembles.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
Selfies. Duckfaces. Duckface Selfies.
What's your day job?
Teaching. I've been doing it for the last ten years. If you would have told me ten years ago I'd still be doing it I would have said you were fucking nuts. I've been a professor at the University of Colorado Denver for the last six years. I'm excited about my burgeoning private acting studio.Continue reading for more from Jose Mercado.