Jacob is a Murri man who grew up in Brisbane. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Design Course in 2005. In 2010, he designed the set for of earth & sky for Bangarra and received a Green Room Award for Best Design in Dance. He was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Bangarra the following year and is now Head of Design.
Jacob received a Green Room Award nomination for his unique set design for Bangarra’s season of Belong (2011) and has designed sets for each of Bangarra’s annual productions since, including Dark Emu, Bennelong, Patyegarang, lore, OUR land people stories, Terrain, Blak, Dance Clan 3, and Warumuk – in the dark night for the company’s collaboration with The Australian Ballet. This year he was awarded a Helpmann Award for 'Best Scenic Design' for his powerful and evocative set in Bennelong.
His 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); Rainbow’s End (Parramatta Riverside Theatre); Into: Belonging (Sydney Festival/Parramatta Riverside Theatre). In 2006, he wrote and directed Blood Lines, a five-minute short film.
Jacob was the specialist production designer and creature designer on Cleverman season one and production designer and creature designer for season two. He was the production designer for Stephen Page’s 2015 film SPEAR; has been the Design Director for Bangarra’s past five Vivid Sydney video installations; and creates the beautiful illustrations that adorn Bangarra merchandise.
- 2018 - Helpmann award for Best Scenic Design, Bennelong
- 2011 - Green Room Award for Best Set Design, Artefact