Jacob’s a descendant of the Daly River people, West of Darwin and has spent the last 20 years living, working and creating across the Eora Nation.
He graduated from the NIDA Design Course in 2005. In 2010, he designed the set for OF EARTH AND 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 now holds the position of 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, BLACK and WARUMUK – IN THE DARK NIGHT. In 2018 Jacob was awarded a Helpmann Award for Best Scenic Design for his set design in BENNELONG.
For Belvoir Jacob has designed: RANDOM, RUBEN GUTHRIE, JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN and YIBIYUNG.
His other theatre credits include; WONNANGATTA, THE LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM, THE REMOVALISTS, TUSK TUSK/LIKE A FISHBONE (Sydney Theatre Company); BLACK TIES (Ilbijerri); and MACBETH (Bell Shakespeare);
In 2021 Jacob became Creative Artist in Residence at Sydney Festival. For Sydney Festival he has created the works ALWAYS and PROCLAMATION, large scale artwork that became backdrops for THE VIGIL and the WUGULORA CEREMONIES.
Jacob’s film and television credits include Production Designer and Co-Creature Designer on Goalpost Pictures CLEVERMAN Season 2 for the ABC; and Production Designer on Stephen Page’s 2015 feature film SPEAR for Arenamedia.
Jacob holds a position as a Board Director at Belvoir.