Jon is a multi award winning international stage designer and creative director.
He designed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and the kinetic sculpture in Stoke Mandeville to light the flame for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
He studied Music as a singer and cellist before retraining on the Motley Theatre Design Course in 2000. Since then he has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including the Royal Opera House, the Royal National Theatre, National Theatres of Scotland and Wales, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Toho Stage, Japan, both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets and for many Broadway and West End stages. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Theatre design includes: BAT OUT OF HELL (London/ Germany/ New York/ Toronto- nominated Best Design Whats on Stage awards); TREE (Manchester International Festival/ Young Vic); TRUE WEST (West End); KNIGHTS’ TALE (Imperial Theatre/Toho Stage, Tokyo); FATHERLAND (Underworld and Frantic Assembly for Manchester International Festival); THE BAND- Take That musical (UK Tour); THE GRINNING MAN (Bristol Old Vic/Trafalgar Studios- WINNER Best Design UK Theatre awards); THE JAMES PLAYS (National Theatre/ National Theatre of Scotland/ World tour); KURSK (Sound and Fury/Young Vic- nominated Best Design Evening Standard awards); GHOST STORIES (West End/ Toronto/ Moscow); LORD OF THE FLIES (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre-Evening Standard nomination for Best Design); MAMETZ (National Theatre of Wales- WINNER Best Design UK Theatre awards, WINNER Welsh Theatre awards); YOU FOR ME FOR YOU (Royal Court- nominated Best Design Evening Standard awards); I AM YUSUF (Shebbahurr, Palestine/ Young Vic, London). As an associate artist of the RSC he has designed numerous productions including HAMLET, KING LEAR and the entire 2012 season.
Dance includes: THE NUTCRACKER (also co director) and FIREBIRD (Norwegian National Ballet); HANSEL AND GRETEL (Royal Opera House); SCRIBBLINGS (Rambert); IN MEDIA RES (Nederlands Dans Theater); LEST WE FORGET (English National Ballet).
Opera includes: WALKÜRIE (Bordeaux National Opera); CENDRILLON (Glyndebourne); THE KNOT GARDEN (Theatre an der Wien); AGRIPPINA (Grange Park Opera); THE LIGHTHOUSE (Teatro Poliziano, Montepulciano) and THE SOLDIER’S TALE (Old Vic, London/ Iraq).
He proudly serves on the committee for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design (www.linburyprize.org.uk), is a designer advocate sustainability for SiPA (www.sipa.org.uk) and a founder member of SceneChange (www.scene-change.com).