Head of Lighting, Technical Manager Royal National Theatre, London 1993-2003
Production Lighting Glyndebourne Opera , 1978-1992
Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Deputy Chair & Director of the Association of Lighting Designers
English - maternal tongue
French - good conversational
German and Italian - working knowledge
Mark presented the ABTT fellowship awards to Richard Pilbrow, Francis Reid and Jason Barnes.
Host of the prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards at the Troxy in 2014 & 2015.
He chaired platforms at the National Theatre with Richard Pilbrow, David Hersey and Nichola McAuliffe.
He was a contributor to the Philips 2017 LightFest at the NT.
External Examiner - MA in Collaborative Theatre Production & Design at Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2015-18)
Judge PLASA 2018 Awards for Innovation
He has given lectures, talks and sat on panels for the NT Studio Directors course (London, Edinburgh, Belfast, South Africa), NT Education, the Linbury Prize, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, RADA, LAMDA, Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech & Drama, Motley design, Wimbledon College of Arts/ University of the Arts London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, the Offies, The Society of British Theatre Design, PLASA, the ABTT and the ALD.
Artistic Associate of the Chichester Festival 2006-2008
Founder of the infamous Christmas Lighting Lunch since 1993 and continuing annually.
Columnist for Focus Magazine, writer for the Stage, Sightline and
contributor to various publications on theatre & lighting design.
Off-piste and Back country skier.
Mark Jonathan is internationally renowned as a multi-award winning, lighting designer of Dance, Drama, Opera, Musicals, Arena and Ice productions all around the world.
Photo Matthew Ferguson
Honorary Fellowship of Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Winner of the Knight of Illumination Award for Opera 2019 (Vanessa, Glyndebourne)
Nominated for Best New Production 2019 - International Opera Awards
(Il Segreto di Susanna/ Iolanta Opera Holland Park)
Winner Reumert Best Opera Production 2017
(Dead Man Walking, Royal Danish Opera)
Winner Best Design Manchester Evening News Award Dr Faustus, Royal Exchange
Winner Best Lighting Backstage Pass Award Richard III, Nottingham
Winner Best Production Schikaneder award, Mathis de Maler, Vienna
Winner Best Theatre award Don Quichotte, Danish National Opera
Winner Stiftstidende’s 2014/15 Best Production, Don Quichotte, Danish National Opera
Winner Olivier Award Best New Musical Production, Honk, NT
Winner Olivier Award Best Drama, Skylight, National Theatre
Nominated Reumert Best Opera Production, Askepot, Danish National Opera
Nominated Knight of Illumination Award for Opera Lighting 2013 Lulu WNO
Nominated Drama Desk Outstanding Lighting 2006/07
(Prometheus Bound , New York)
Nominated Achievement in Opera, UK Theatre Awards 2015 Jenufa Scottish Opera
Member British Team Prague Quadrenniel 1997
Knight of Illumination Awards 2019 (François Juliat & Mark Jonathan)
ALD (Professional Designer), United Scenic Artists (Local USA 829) & Equity
Unbounded Thanks without whom this website wouldn't have happened to :
Rory Beaton, Julie Craig, James McKeogh, Oliver Roberts, Stuart Wild
Clive Barda, Bill Cooper, Den Jyske Opera, Robert Dickson, Robert Day, Matthew Ferguson, Jérôme Grec, Julie Craig, Manuel Harlan, Werner Kmetitsch, LA Opera, Johan Persson,Thomas Petrie, Pat Redmond, Nigel Shepherd, Robert Workman, National Ballet of Japan.
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