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 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 of the Association for Lighting Production & Design (The ALPD)



Irish (EU) & British



English - maternal tongue

French - good conversational

German and Italian - working knowledge



Other Activities

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

Mentor on the 2020 ALD Lumiere Scheme


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 Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, The Victoria & Albert Museum, the Offies, The Society of British Theatre Design, PLASA, the ABTT and the ALPD.


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. 

Mark Jonathan
honorary fellow guildhall
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Honorary Fellowship of Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Winner of the Knight of Illumination Award for Opera 2019 (Vanessa, Glyndebourne)


Nominated Whats on Stage- Best Revival of a Play  

Caucasian Chalk Circle, Kingston Rose 2022

Nominated Best Panto- The Offies

Robin Hood, Greenwich Theatre 2022 

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

Winner What's on Stage Best New Opera Production I Puritani,  Welsh National Opera


Nominated South Bank Sky opera Awards 2020 Iolanta Opera Holland Park


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


Finalist World Stage Design, Lulu Welsh National Opera 

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Knight of Illumination Awards 2019 (François Juliat & Mark Jonathan)


ALPD (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, Callum Macdonald


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, Nick Quinn,

Robert Workman, National Ballet of Japan, Den Jyske Opera



My other winter life:.

Deep Powder
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