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 has designed sets for Bangarra’s annual productions since 2010, including Dark Emu, Bennelong, Patyegarang, lore, OUR land people stories, Terrain, Blak, and Warumuk – in the dark night.
Last year he was awarded a Helpmann Award for Best Scenic Design for his set design in Bennelong.
In 2019 for Sydney Festival, Jacob created the work ALWAYS, a large scale artwork that became the backdrop for The Vigil and the Wugulora Ceremony.
Jacob was also the Production Designer and Co Creature Designer for Cleverman Season 2; was the production designer for Stephen Page’s 2015 film SPEAR; and has been the Design Director for Bangarra’s past five Vivid Sydney video installations on the Harbour Bridge Pylon.
His other theatre credits include; Ruben Guthrie and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Yibiyung and Ruben Guthrie (Belvoir St Theatre); Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare); The Removalists,Tusk Tusk/Like a Fishbone (Sydney Theatre Company).