Winner of: Association of Lighting Designer's ETC Award 2016, Lilian Baylis Award for RADA 2014
Nominated for: Off West End Award 'Best Lighting Designer' 2016, Broadway World Award 'Best Lighting Design' 2016
Growing up in North London, Jai's technical theatre training began at Uxbridge College in West London, where he studied for a BTEC in Production Arts. He continued his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on the BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management course, specialising in Lighting Design and Stage Electrics .
Jai's professional career began at the age of 18, whilst he was at college as a follow spot operator in London's West End. Later he decided to pursue studying at a higher level to further his career as a Lighting Designer.
Jai has freelanced as a Lighting Designer for many years and has worked with numerous directors and companies including world renowned companies such as; Complicité, The National Theatre of Kuwait, Hampstead Theatre and The Orange Tree Theatre.
As is commonly known, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation in creative teams are lacking. As a Lighting Designer and Creative with roots from Asia (specifically India) and Africa (specifically Kenya and Uganda), Jai prides himself on the work he does with multiple organisations to help increase diversity. Jai chairs the ALPD Diversity, Inclusion and Representation committee. This committee leads on changing and improving lighting departments across the UK for all subjects including ethnic diversity, LGBTQ+, Gender, Parent and Carer representation, Class Equality, Disability and Access.
"I do not believe in ‘just lighting a show’ - I believe the lighting should enhance and compliment the story and performance. I enjoy experimental and abstract lighting, being able to create new and innovative perspectives on the performance. I try to use the latest and alternative technologies to create unusual and surreal effects."