Paul Jackson

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Paul Jackson is an award winning lighting designer and theatre maker based in Melbourne, Australia, whose practice encompasses theatre, opera, dance, concerts and live events. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, he holds post-graduate qualifications from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Paul has designed lighting for The Australian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Victorian Opera, West Australian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Playbox, Malthouse, Belvoir, Ballet Lab, Lucy Guerin Inc, World of Wearable Art New Zealand, Kage, Australian Art Orchestra, La Mama, not yet it’s difficult performance group, Chamber Made Opera and many others. He has collaborated with a diverse range of directors and choreographers including Barrie Kosky, Benedict Andrews, Neil Armfield, Michael Kantor, Marion Potts, Peter Evans, Matt Lutton, Andrew Upton, Sam Strong, Philip Adams, Jorma Uotinen, Renato Cuoccolo, Simon Stone, Javier de Frutos, Lucy Guerin, Julian Meyrick, David Pledger, Gale Edwards, Tom Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Paul has been a key creative on a number of seminal Australian theatre pieces and his work has featured in festivals and programmes in the United States, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Listed in The Bulletin’s Smart 100 for 2004, he was the Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellow for 2007 and was an Artistic Associate at Malthouse Theatre from 2007-2013. Paul has received a number of Green Room Awards and nominations for design, as well as receiving multiple Sydney Theatre Critics’ and Helpmann nominations. He won the 2012 Helpmann Award for lighting design.

Committed to mentoring emerging designers, Paul has lectured in design at the University of Melbourne, NMIT, RMIT University and Victorian College of the Arts. He was a founding member of not yet it’s difficult performance group, was a member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre Artistic Advisory Group, and has been on the Board of St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre.