Based in London, Jean-Marc Puissant trained at Motley Theatre Design Course in London and studied Art History and Archaeology at La Sorbonne, Paris.
His designs for dance include in the UK: for the Royal Ballet: Aeternum and Jewels (both received Olivier Awards for best New Dance Production), Electric Counterpoint (Critics Circle Award), DGV (also New York City Ballet) and Tryst (also Dutch National Ballet; both the latter received Olivier nominations and DGV a South Bank Show Award)
In 2014 he designed a new Commission for Boston Ballet choreographed by Jose Martinez, Dream choreographed by Arthur Pita for Ballet Black, a new one act Ballet Kin for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Axiom of choice for Dutch National Ballet and two new pieces choreographed by Alexander Wheatley at the Linbury and Sadlers Wells. He also designed the sets for a new production of A King and I for Théâtre du Châtelet
Other designs include for Birmingham Royal Ballet: The Seasons, Take Five, Kin; for Rambert Dance Company: Elsa Canasta and Gran Partita. For American companies: Klavier and Les Carillons (New York City Ballet); VIII (American Ballet Theatre); Quaternary (San Francisco Ballet); Swan Lake (Pennsylvania Ballet); Nopalitos (critics circle award 2006) and Paseillo (Phoenix Dance Theatre). In Europe: Now and Thereafter (Dutch National Ballet); Lux (Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève); Giselle (Opéra du Rhin Ballet); Dream Weaver (Royal Ballet of Flanders); Swan Lake (Ballett im Revier): Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ballet Black), Mannheim National theater Ballett: Chansons, Film Noir and Romeo and Juliet (also Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet).
His designs for Opera include: The Pearl Fishers and Madame Butterfly for Santa Fe Opera; Aida for the ROH (also Oslo); A Night at the Chinese Opera for Scottish Opera (TMA nomination for Best Opera Production); and Riccardo Primo (Opera Theatre of St Louis).
His designs for Theatre include: Pippin for Menier Chocolate Factory; Dangerous Lady for Theatre Royal Stratford East; All My Sons for The Curve; His Greatness for Finborough Theatre and The Irish Curse for the Edinburgh Festival.
Since September 2008, he has been a Director of Dance Umbrella and he has given talks about his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2013 he was also a finalist of World Stage Design held in Cardiff.
Recent works have included costumes for Cool Britania at the Het Nationale Ballet, Counteracts for Candoco Dance, Elsa Canasta for Scottish Ballet, Madama Butterfly for LA Opera, and Whelan/Watson: Other Stories for the Royal Opera House.