Jean-Pierre Mignon worked in Paris as an actor and director before arriving in Australia in 1978.
He was founder and artistic director of Anthill Theatre (1980–94) directing classic and contemporary plays including those by Moliere, Brecht, Beckett and, in 1987, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Chekhov. Several productions were presented at international festivals.
He has directed for the Sydney Theatre Company, including a production of The Seagull in 1986, the Victoria State Opera, the Opera of South Australia and the Victorian Opera. For television, he directed many episodes of All Saints and, most recently, City Homicide.
He has received three Green Room Awards for best direction: Don Juan, Waiting for Godot and Cosi Fan Tutte, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the performing arts in 1989.