With significant experience in theatre, ballet and opera production, major events and architectural lighting, Old Boy Jono Perry (1994) joined the team at the acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company (STC) in 2015. As Director, Technical and Production, Jono is excited to be the Project Director of a renewal project that will transform Sydney’s iconic early 20th-century pier at Walsh Bay. This incredible 8500m2 piece of Sydney’s Heritage, which originally opened for shipping in 1921, is home to the Sydney Theatre Company and after an initial STC fit-out in 1984, it is about to undergo its first major facility upgrade in 30 years.
According to Jono, respecting the heritage of “The Wharf” (as it is affectionately known) and staying within the confines of a timber building has been a real challenge but he is confident that they have respected and added to the building’s character, whilst ensuring that the wharf still looks and feels like a wharf. It’s also an incredible opportunity to enhance the visitor experience, not just within the theatres. With an Artistic Panel of leading Designers, Directors, Lighting and Sound Designers, who have drawn upon international experience and inspirations, Jono and his team are very excited about the design of the theatres for artists and audiences alike.
Jono’s previous experience includes eight years with Opera Australia’s lighting department before taking up the role of Technical Director at the Brisbane Festival, where he was the Producer of the city’s largest and most iconic free public event, ‘Riverfire’ and Creative Director of the G20 Cultural Celebrations comprising ‘Colour Me Brisbane’.