About Jon Bausor
Jon is a multi-award winning stage designer. Originally trained as a classical musician, Jon retrained on the Motley Theatre Design Course in 2000. Since then he has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre worldwide. He designed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and the kinetic sculpture to light the flame for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
His theatre work is known for its large-scale visual impact and transformational concepts with strong dramaturgical narratives. From kinetic post-apocalyptic sets for musicals such as Bat Out of Hell - (London/ Germany/ Toronto/ Broadway, New York) to a circus themed box of tricks for The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic/ Trafalgar Studios- Winner, Best Design at the UK Theatre awards), a crashed Boeing 737 for Lord of the Flies (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), to a 1½ mile long immersive set in the Welsh countryside for Mametz (National Theatre of Wales- winner best design National Theatre awards and Wales Theatre awards). He was the Designer for the award-winning trilogy The James Plays for the National Theatre of Scotland, The National Theatre of Great Britain and the Edinburgh International Festival.
As 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 Shipwrecked season.
His extensive dance collaborations include designs for Rambert, the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House, Norwegian and Finnish National Ballets, Netherlands Dans Theater, and English National Ballet. Opera includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oper Halle); Die Walküre (Bordeaux National Opera); Cendrillon (Glyndebourne); The Knot Garden (Theatre an der Wien); The Lighthouse (Teatro Poliziano, Montepulciano) and Agrippina (Grange Park Opera).
Recent work includes designing a new outdoor theatre and bar space for the Arcola Theatre, London, the world’s largest pinball machine for Redbull TV and Latvian freerunner Pasha Petkuns, a newly conceived version of the musical Wicked for Stage Entertainment in Hamburg, and the new Tom Jones musical What’s New Pussycat? at Birmingham Rep.
He is currently designing the first stage adaptation of the Studio Ghibli animé film, Spirited Away for Toho Theatre, Japan, Ainadamar for Scottish Opera directed by the acclaimed Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker and the stage adaptation of Ruben Östlund’s film Force Majeure set on the French Alps for the Donmar, London.
He proudly serves on the committee for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design (www.linburyprize.org.uk), is a designer advocate sustainability for SiPA (www.sipa.org.uk) and a founder member of SceneChange (www.scene-change.com).