Bachelor in Theatre Arts, University North Carolina, 1944. Doctor of Fine Arts with Honours, 1980.
Technical director & lighting designer New York City Ballet, 1950—1956, 1958. Resident lighting designer Lyric Opera, Chicago, 1961—1966, American Ballet Theatre, New York City, 1971—1978. Technical director Lighting Designer Dallas Opera, 1959—1964, 1969.
Lighting designer The Lost Colony, Manteo, North Carolina, 1964—1984. President Jean Rosenthal Associates, Maplewood, New Jersey, from 1976. Lighting designer Metropolitan Opera Opening Opera World 1966Premier Antony & Cleopatra, 1966, The Turning Point, 1977, Live from Lincoln Center television, Swan Lake, 1976, Giselle, 77.
With World Premiere Opera Raliegh's Dream, 1984. Technical director & lighting designer Kennedy Center, 1971. Volunteer theatre consultant Town of Tisbury Katherine Cornell Theatre Restoration, Massachusetts, 1972, Old Whaling Church, Edgartown, Massachusetts, 1981.
Honorary fellow Institute of Arts, Duke University, 1985.
Member of International Association Lighting Designers, United Scenic Artists.