Jon Buswell —

Lighting Designer

Jon has designed lighting for well over one hundred productions in the UK, Europe and Australia.

A graduate of Croydon School of Art in the UK, Jon worked initially for the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming a freelance designer in 1997. Since then he has enjoyed a highly successful career, lighting a varied array of works in all disciplines of the performing arts.

In Britain, Jon has worked for the Theatre Royal Haymarket (Lady Windemere’s Fan with Vanessa Redgrave, and The Royal Family with Judi Dench), The Royal Court at the New Ambassadors Theatre (The Vagina Monologues), and the Apollo Theatre (My Brilliant Divorce with Dawn French), amongst others.

Jon will design lighting for New Zealand Opera’s The Flying Dutchman in October 2013. For The Australian Ballet, he has designed lighting for Raymonda, Constant Variants, Symphonie Fantastique, and Night Path.

Since 2008, Jon has been the Technical Director of West Australian Ballet, where he has designed lighting for all the major repertoire. During this time, he has also taken on external commissions for Black Swan State Theatre Company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and various other companies.

Recent lighting engagements include The Sleeping Beauty (Royal New Zealand Ballet, 2011), Signs of Life (Black Swan State Theatre Company, 2012), and Cinderella (West Australian Ballet, 2011).

In 2011, Jon and his fellow creative team won a WA Dance award for Helix. He has also worked as visiting lecturer for The University of Central England in Birmingham, UK and the Victorian College of the Arts.