Jon trained on the Motley Theatre design course after studying Music as a choral scholar at Oxford University, and the Royal Academy of Music.
He designed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
As a set and costume designer, Jon has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including The Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre, London, National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Young Vic, Theatre de Complicité, and both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets.
An associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has designed numerous productions including Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and the entire 2012 What Country Friends Is This? season.
Other significant theatre includes: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); You for Me for You (Royal Court Theatre- nominated Best Design, Olivier Awards); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre/ U.S tour); Lord of the Flies, (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ghost Stories (West End/Moscow/Toronto); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales - Best Design, UK Theatre Awards and Best Design, Welsh Theatre Awards); The Believers (Frantic Assembly); Terminus (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ Melbourne/Public Theatre, NY); Kursk (Young Vic/ Sound and Fury – nominated for Best Design, Evening Standard Awards); I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother (Young Vic/Shebbahurr, Palestine); Lionboy (Complicité/New York) and Water (Filter/ B.A.M New York/ Sydney).
Opera and Dance includes: Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House); The Knot Garden (Vienna); The Queen of Spades (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); The Lighthouse (Montepulciano); No Man’s Land (English National Ballet); Scribblings (Rambert); Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet) Carmen, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet).
He recently designed and co-directed a new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for Norwegian National Ballet. Forthcoming work includes a new Take That musical, The Band, premiering at the Manchester Opera House, and a new collaboration with Underworld and Frantic Assembly for the Manchester International Festival.
German costume designer Meentje Nielsen made her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season on Il trovatore, directed by David Bösch and then goes to The National Opera Amsterdam for Le Nozze di Figaro.
Nielsen was born in Hamburg. She studied design at the Berlin University of the Arts with Achim Freyer and began work in 1992 as a set and costume designer for the Berliner Ensemble at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, and at the Volksbühne Berlin. She has designed costumes for Bösch's opera productions of Orlando furioso , Königskinder, Der fliegende Holländer (Frankfurt) and Elektra (Opera Vlaanderen), Die Meistersinger (Bavarian State Opera). She also works widely with Bösch in theatre, including on Blasted (Stuttgart State Theatre), Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, Drei Schwestern (Burgtheater Vienna), Orest, Peer Gynt, Prinz von Homburg (Residenztheater, Munich) and Otello, Kleiner Mann, was nun?, Die Ratten, Der Sturm and Der Diener zweier Herren (Schauspielhaus Bochum).
Nielsen also works regularly with German director Anselm Weber, including on Ein Mann will nach oben, Es wird einmal, Richtfest, Opening Night, Vor Sonnenaufgang, the world premiere of Christoph Nussbaumeder's Eisenstein and Das Leben ist kein Fahrrad for Schauspielhaus Bochum, where she has also designed costumes for Mahir Günşiray's production of Faust. Her other work includes costume designs for Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, directed by Jay Scheib for Darmstadt State Theatre.