Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer & Theatre Maker

Paul Jackson is a multi-award winning lighting designer and theatre maker based in Melbourne, Australia, whose practice encompasses theatre, opera, dance, music theatre, concerts and live events. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT.

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, Gordon Frost Organization, TML, The Production Company, Bell Shakespeare, Playbox, Malthouse, Belvoir, Ballet Lab, Lucy Guerin, 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, Simon Phillips, Andrew Upton, Sam Strong, Adena Jacobs, Kip Williams, Philip Adams, Jorma Uotinen, Renato Cuoccolo, Simon Stone, Anne-Louise Sarks, Javier de Frutos, Lucy Guerin, Moira Finucane, Julian Meyrick, David Pledger, Gale Edwards, Tom Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Paul has designed and co-designed sets and performance environments for a number of companies and organizations including Ranters, not yet it’s difficult, Belvoir, Malthouse, La Mama, Melbourne Workers’ Theatre, Melbourne Museum and Griffin. He has worked as a dramaturg on a range of projects.

A key creative on a number of seminal Australian theatre pieces, 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 Helpmann Award, five Green Room Awards – with a further twenty five Green Room nominations – a Sydney Theatre Award and an Australian Production Design Guild Award.

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.