Jérôme Kaplan comes from Paris, where he studied scenography at the École de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT). Having graduated in 1987, he began designing sets and costumes for theatre and opera productions. In 1992 he worked for the first time with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Jean-Christophe Maillot on »L'Enfant et les Sortilèges«. He then worked as a set designer for »Romeo and Juliet«, »Cinderella«, »Casse-Noisette Circus«, »Œil pour Œil« and »Scheherazade«.
In 2001, Kaplan was the first French designer to work with the Chinese National Ballet in Beijing for »Zhang Yimou« (The Red Lantern). His international work also took him to the Opéra de Strasbourg, the Shanghai Ballet Company, the Comédie-Française, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Ballet Zurich, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Australian Ballet and the Cairo Opera House. Kaplan has also worked with David Nixon, Christopher Wheeldon, Ib Andersen, Nacho Duato, Johan Kobborg and Lucas Jervies, among others.
Together with Alexei Ratmansky, Kaplan designed the set for the world premiere of »Lost Illusions« for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, for which he won the Golden Mask Award for Costume Design in 2012. »Romeo and Juliet« by David Dawson represents his first engagement with the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden.