British designer Sally Jacobs was born in 1932 and studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London. She is best known for her designs for productions by Peter Brook, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theatre of Cruelty, The Screens, Marat/Sade, U.S., Antony and Cleopatra and The Conference of the Birds. From 1967 to 1982 she lived in the USA, working as a designer and director for theatre and opera companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and New York.
Jacobs created the set and costume designs for Andrei Serban’s 1984 production of Turandot, which opened the 2013/14 Royal Opera season. Her other work for The Royal Opera includes designs for Serban’s production of Fidelio (1986) and for Last Tango on the North Circular (1989), a chamber opera by Peter Wiegold, which she designed and directed at the Donmar Warehouse as part of the Royal Opera House Garden Venture (1988–94).
Her other opera credits include designs for Die Fledermaus (Paris Opéra) and Die Soldaten and Eugene Onegin (ENO). She co-directed and designed The Dancing Room which was also filmed by the BBC. She has taught stage design across the USA and in London, including at the Slade School of Fine Art.