Jacob is a Murri man who grew up in Brisbane. He graduated from the NIDA Design Course in 2005. He designed of earth & sky for Bangarra in 2010, winning a Green Room Award for Best Design in Dance, and was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2011 (now Head Designer).
In that year Jake designed the set for Bangarra’s season of Belong, featuring About by Elma Kris and ID by Stephen Page, for which he received a Green Room Award nomination.
Jake’s other theatre credits include The Lonesome West, Ruben Guthrie and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (BSharp); Yibiyung and Ruben Guthrie (Belvoir St Theatre); Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare); The Removalists, Tusk Tusk/Like a Fishbone (Sydney Theatre Company) and Romeo and Juliet (Sydney Theatre Company – Education); Rainbow’s End (Parramatta Riverside Theatre); Into: Belonging (Sydney Festival/ Parramatta Riverside Theatre). Jake worked in the costume department on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia in 2006, and also wrote and directed Blood Lines, a five-minute short film.
He has created the sets for each of Bangarra’s annual productions since joining the company, including Warumuk – in the dark night for the collaboration with The Australian Ballet, celebrating their 50th anniversary, Frances RingsTerrain, Blak, Dance Clan 3 and Patyegarang.
Jake also created the digital content for The Spirit of Patyegarang for Vivid Sydney in 2014 and the company’s merchandise designs, and was the Production Designer on Spear, Bangarra’s first dance feature film. Jake has created the set design for 2015′s production of lore.