Jacob Williams

Performing Artist

Jacob has been a puppeteer and puppetry director for over 15 years. He is a multi award winning performer as well as director, puppet maker and a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts, School of Drama.

Jacob began his career in Tasmania with Terrapin Puppet Theatre and has since gone on to perform and collaborate with some of Australia’s leading theatre companies.

He has worked extensively with Polyglot Theatre on projects including We Built This City, Muckheap, Hissy Fit and City of Riddles. His focus with the company has now shifted towards its school residencies and community outreach programs on such projects as Shadow Bus at Woady Yaloak Primary School, and Knock, Knock! Who’s There? at Mahogany Rise Primary School.

He was most recently Principal Puppeteer on King Kong-Live on Stage for Global Creatures, for which he won both a Helpmann and Green Room award. He also starred as ‘T-Rex’ in Global Creatures international success Walking with Dinosaurs-The Arena Spectacular.

Jacob is the co-artistic director of Lemony S Puppet Theatre whose work has toured nationally and internationally. For Lemony S Puppet Theatre, he was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne to create the new children’s work The Rise and Fall of the Scarlet St Theatre. With Lemony S, Jacob also collaborated with Chamber Made Opera in the creation of the new operatic work Captives of the City which premiered in 2015.