Sanctum Studio | Sanctum Theatre – Artists
Sanctum Theatre is a Melbourne-based visual performance ensemble presenting folk theatre in everyday spaces since 2006.
Sanctum Theatre, Lachlan Plain, puppets, performance, theatre, theater, Melbourne, Australia, visual, site specific, roving acts, Magic Lantern
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Sanctum Theatre – Artists

As well as collaborating with many talented artists over the years, we have partnered with  individuals and companies to co-produce various projects – such as Gonzalo Varela from Magic Lantern Studio (The Man Who Cannot Sleep 2018, Bug Lab puppets 2017, Life is a Carousel 2017, Otto Learns to Fly 2014, Pearly Whites 2017 and various roving gigs), Lee Ramsayer-Bache from Little Projector Company (Trail of Lights 2019), Jasmine Powell from silent revolution (Look a Book! 2019), Tim Ratcliffe from Fenestra Productions (Wealth of Nations 2009) and Colleen Burke (flight 2009).


performer & puppeteer

“I’ve been collaborating with Sanctum Theatre for many years, playing a host of characters, including Otto the intrepid bear in children’s puppet theatre show, Otto learns to Fly, the incorrigible Nanny and the flamboyant Tree of Life in Life is a Carousel.


Chapple creates artistic projects which incorporate installations, theatre, storytelling and puppetry for festivals and schools. He is committed to connecting with people of all abilities and age groups, producing live experiences that entertain, inspire, challenge and amaze.

Born and raised in the inglorious outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Julian creates works across various disciplines to distill life’s bounty into intimate, censorial and surreal art experiences. He has studied Zoology, Geography and Animation.

His performance background includes ongoing work with The Village Festival, Sanctum Theatre, Magic Lantern Studio and Snuff Puppets. He has performed in Lola, The Dancing Bear (2016-17), The Nutbar, numerous festivals and events (2015-19), Tink Tank, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bunk Puppets (2016-17), Le Troll Vaincu (2014-15), Songs of the South Seas, Darebin Music Feast (2011-13), The Artist, Art After Dark, NGV (2010), In the Field, Sense of Place Productions (2008), 5 Angry Men (2004-05), Wild Moves (2005), Swivel Drivel Band (2000-03), Camel Magic Performance Troupe (1998-2000).


Dancer & Puppeteer

Stéphane is a multi disciplinary French/Australian performing artist based in Melbourne

For the last 10 years Stéphane as been working very closely to Snuff Puppets, an anarchic giant puppet company that has reached millions of people worldwide. He’s been for Snuff Puppets performing, dancing, Choreographing, directing, designing and building puppets and sets, and teaching in Australia, Europe, Taiwan, Brazil, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Peru, Indonesia, Japan and Democratic Republic of Congo…

Stéphane as been Dramaturge for Nebahat Erpolat’s choreographies. They won the best dance at the Fringe Melbourne Festival in 2016. Stéphane as been commissioned by Fearghus O’Conchuir to choreograph Cure Created in Melbourne and perform in Ireland and France.

Stéphane choreographed Suis Generis and Vert de Gris with Barbara Amar in France. He has danced for numerous dance companies and choreographers in Europe, to cite few: Sasha Walz&guest, Felix Rucker, Larborgras in Germany, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Rionach Ni Neil, Daghdha, Rex Levitates in Ireland, Tomi Paasonen in Finland, Les Gens D’ Uterpan, Pierre Andre Petit, Serge Ricci in France and David Hernandez, Joanne Leighton, Michele Noiret, Olga de Soto in Belgium.


Cinematographer and Composer



Ivan Masic is a Melbourne-based creative, who’s work explores the insoluble intimacy between music, light and the moving image. Through his studio practice, Ex Ponto Productions, Ivan has delivered a wide range of creative projects including music videos, short-form documentaries, live performances and site-specific projection art. In 2019, he released his debut album, Neka Neka, through General Purpose records and toured Europe (with Yolngu trio, Malawurr) as lead cinematographer on forthcoming feature documentary, Morning Star.


Other credits include opening night projection art for Melbourne Museum’s Revolutions: Records + Rebels exhibition and full-scale video productions for Warner Music, Barra-Westwind (Arnhem Land), Crown Ruler, RMIT Interior Design, Testing Grounds, Remuse Designs and Festival in Opposition (Serbia).


As co-director of Little Projector Company, Ivan has been creating and facilitating the development and exhibition of site-responsive installations, performances, and tours that combine projection art, storytelling, cinema, sound design, puppetry, dance, sculpture and more. In 2019, Little Projector Company collaborated with Sanctum Theatre to deliver the community-led Trail of Lights Festival and created a feature-length projection work for the Sunshine Silos Projection Festival, celebrating the Sunshines art, rich industrial history and cultural diversity.




“I had the great good fortune to be involved as an actor in two Sanctum Theatre productions and a beautiful film.  All of these creations were highly intelligent, whimsical, full of poetry, politics and love.  Working with Sanctum was always amazing, very connective and deeply fulfilling.”


Louise initially trained at Swinburne Performing Arts, followed by a three-year training in the Michael Chekhov technique in Sydney.   She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Michael Chekhov Festival in New York in 2009, and returned again in 2012 and 2017.

Her theatre credits include THE CURRENTS, a punk mermaid songster goddess in Punctum’s Cooling House (2018/19), RUR 2020, a sci-fi in St. Vincent’s organ laboratory (2018), WORK SHOW (2017 Meat Market Stables/2018 La Mama Courthouse), her solo devised HOW’S YOUR ACTING GOING (4.5 star Adelaide Fringe 2017/ two critically-acclaimed shows at La Mama and a regional tour), STILL ALIVE (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016), TRASH CLASSIC (2016 Festival of Live Art with Punctum Inc), THE PLAY’S THE THING (Brenda Palmer La Mama 2013), UNCLE VANYA (Yelena/Producer fortyfivedownstairs 2012), LADY MUCK (a solo show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival), WEALTH OF NATIONS and FLIGHT with Sanctum Theatre, BREMEN (an award-winning Melbourne Fringe Festival show) BOLD GIRLS (Chapel off Chapel) Euridice in ANTIGONE (The Hoist Theatre Company fortyfivedownstairs). Film credits include BROWN PAPER BAG (best Indigenous film at the St. Kilda Film Festival) THE FERRYMAN AND HIS WIFE (Sanctum), MORTAL, HOTEL SORRENTO, ANGEL BABY and REMEMBER MY NAME.


artistic director & general manager


Since childhood Lachlan has lived in other worlds, on different plains, navigating them via several mediums – performance, painting and the written word…

As artistic director of Sanctum Theatre, Lachlan has written, designed, directed, performed in and produced many plays, live art events, puppet shows, roving acts and a short film.

Sanctum Theatre’s most recent productions include two collaborations with Magic Lantern Studio, The Man Who Cannot Sleep (White Night Melbourne & Ballarat 2018, and Life is a Carousel (Melbourne International Festival of Puppetry, Green Room Award for Puppetry 2017).

In 2018 Lachlan launched Sanctum Studio with his wife, Jasmine Powell.

Lachlan has also worked for the Snuff Puppets ( since 2008, an irreverent and scatological giant puppet company, performing in their shows and directing their People Puppet Projects in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, South Korea, Thailand, Brazil and Chile.

Lachlan won the 2012 Impress Prize for The Lost Journals of Pedro Piscator and other Tales, an eclectic illustrated collection of tall tales published by Impress Books. He has also taken part in several solo and group exhibitions, as well as creating street art, public art and community art for business, government and community-based clients. The most notable of these being Life on Planet Daisyworld (2015), a 30 x 10m street art mural in Fitzroy.

Lachlan studied puppetry and theatre making at the Victorian College of the Arts.


pupeteer & artist

Daniele Poidomani is one of Australia’s leading giant puppet artists. He is versatile and
ambitious with skills spanning design, construction, performance, facilitation and direction.
Founder and artistic director of the company Memetica, Daniele has created many giant puppets shows in Australia and overseas as well as led many giant puppets making projects, culminating in large-scale performances and involving broad community participation. Some of his most recent works include Macau’s Legend (Macau International Parade, 2017) and Bear with Us ( Macau Fringe Festival 2018), The Katumayan Elders (TECLAF – Taiwan), a Monkey’s Tale (Yunlin International Puppet Festival – Taiwan) and Street Skeeters (DSR Festival 2018, Melbourne).
Daniele has also led and directed international People Puppet Projects for Snuff Puppets, most recently in China (Xi’an international Art Festival 2018), Taiwan (Weiwuying Children Festival, 2017), Malaysia (George Town Festival, 2016) and South Korea (HiSeoul festival, 2014).

Daniele has been an integral collaborator on Woodford Folk Festival’s and its Fire Event for the past 5 years with his giant creations Viktor, Astrid and Naut and The Elders Festival. He is artist associate of Adelaide based company, Open Space and has had continuing involvement with the Village Festival as artist as well as management since its inception. He has led the creative team to build the animated floats that feature in the The Falls Festival’s annual Fiesta Parade in Lorne (2007-12).

Engaged as a designer he has collaborated with a vast array of theatre and music companies including Polyglot Theatre, Papermoon (Indonesia), Galerie Knap (Netherlands), Regurgitator, AAO, The Town Bikes, Aphid, Somebody’s Daughter, Tuida (S Korea), and Point of View (Macau), Puppet and Its Double (Taiwan).


cultural community development

Jasmine has worked with Sanctum Theatre since 2006 including as publicist for lament: candles & compost (2006); as curator of silent revolution: an exhibition (2007); as performer in bower: family portraitas part of the Zero Projects 2009 season; and as mask and puppet co-facilitator at Moomba Festival in 2015. She works as stage manager and puppet minder for Sanctum Theatre and Magic Lantern Studio puppet shows and roving puppets at festivals around Victoria.

Jasmine completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne/Victorian College of the Arts in 2003 where she met Lachlan Plain, artistic director of Sanctum Theatre. Jasmine was assistant producer for Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Furniture and Inventions programs in 2004, and co-ordinated the Kew Community Festival in 2006 and 2007.

Jasmine completed her Masters of Social Work at RMIT in 2013 and did her final Social Work Placement at Borderlands Cooperative. She was published in New Community Quarterly for her article on her community practice in her Local Energy Transfer System (LETS). Jasmine worked in the mental health sector for many years before taking time off to be a mum. She now works on cultural community development programs through her business silent revolution as well as Sanctum Theatre.


projection artist & filmmmaker

Lee Ramseyer-Bache is a projection artist and filmmaker. He loves to share and celebrate stories. Lee passionately believes in the power of storytelling to foster solidarity amongst humanity. Lee is Co-founder of Little Projector Company (Projector Bike). He has led their innovations in mobile projection and site-responsive storytelling, through immersive walking tours and public art performances. He is also co-founded film production company Lightworks Studios.

Lee is interested in technological mediation of the living world, the inertia of industrial action in our technological epoch, and site responsive performances that challenge the conventional roles of performer and spectator.

Little Projector co-produced the community-led Trail of Lights Festival (2019). Lee created the video art for The Man Who Cannot Sleep, Sanctum Theatre’s collaboration with Magic Lantern Studio for White Night (2018).

His other credits include works for Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Geelong After Dark, Shorts Place in Geelong,  Kew Festival, Vivid in Sydney, Testing Grounds in Melbourne, The Substation in Newport, Port Fairy Winter Weekends, Environmental Film Festival Australia, Parramatta Lanes Festival, City of Melbourne Christmas, Perth National Youth Week.  His film credits have been screened at EFFA 2018, Sheffield Doc Fest 2013, BBC, Williamstown Centenary Festival, Mapping Melbourne.



Tim Ratcliffe co-produced and performed in Sanctum Theatre’s inaugural production, lament: candles & compost (2006). Since then he has co-produced Wealth of Nations (2009) and performed in The Plains: a play (2009), The Ferryman and his wife (2010) and Pearly Whites (2017).

In 1991 Tim Ratcliffe founded Fenestra Theatre with the aim of creating and performing works that transcend age, social and cultural boundaries. Fenestra has a long history of successful theatre projects. Fenestra has created and performed over 15 original shows and mentored and managed dozens of projects. Audience interactivity is part of every Fenestra production. Fenestra has collaborated with many writers, directors, musicians, and performance companies over the years.

Pete is a Melbourne based and Tasmanian born singer-songwriter and actor-director with over fifteen years experience as a practicing artist. Across projects in music, performance and film, he has explored ideas that plumb the depths of the absurd, surreal, elemental and atmospheric.

His self-penned ‘Tar Pit Projects’ include band Pete and the Tar Gang, (2006 – 2011) various theatrical projects for festivals such as Next Wave and Edinburgh Fringe, and current music act Pete Lyrebird (2017 to present).

Musical highlights include Pair Of Rogues (EP), Songs From The Edge Of The World (Melbourne Fringe Best Music Award 2014) Tar Gangs Songs Of The Hollow Bone Moon (LP 2008), Melbourne Fringe 2009, Brisbane Festival 2009. ACMI/Federation Square, Adelaide’s Garden of Unearthly Delights.

Highlights as an actor include Sanctum Theatre’s The Ferryman and His Wife, working with the Kin Collective (Noni Hazlehurst, Marg Downey) on the Leenane trilogy, playing a prophetic Cripple in Macbeth Rearisen at Edinburgh Fringe, Postcards From The Edge at Edinburgh Fringe, and working with director Kim Farrant in workshops and on her 2013 short film Between Me (Cannes Selection, 2013).

Highlights as a writer-director include Four Rogues at Next Wave Festival and Postcards From The Edge Of The World at Edinburgh Fringe. He has also made forays into the world of filmmaking, releasing his debut self-directed music video in 2018 for Pete Lyrebird, under mentorship of actor and filmmaker John Lloyd Fillingham.


puppet maker


 El Schmiedte is an artist, designer and maker based in Melbourne, Australia. They have an experience in a wide array of mediums, including costume design for dance and musical theatre, costume making, puppetry, creature creation, and fine art. They have spent much of 2019 working for the Tony Award-winning Creature Technology Company, and recently held their first solo fine art exhibition, Fuck This, which explored questions of identity and mental illness through mixed media, sculpture and collage. During 2018 they interned with Sanctum Theatre and Magic Lantern Studio, helping to build and manage their show The Man Who Could Not Sleep for White Night in both Melbourne and Ballarat.


writer, director

& puppet maker


Gonzalo Varela is an artist and performer. He was born in La Plata Argentina in 1970, studied and later taught at the Universidad de Bellas Artes. From 2001 to 2009 he lived in Barcelona where he founded the artist run spaces, VESARTESIEMPRE and Nau Ioin. Nau loin continues to thrive under the supervision of the Council of Barcelona, (now called Nai Ivanow). He also performed with the renowned Argentinian clown company, Monjomon (1999, 2001).

Gonzalo has had solo exhibitions in Argentina and Spain and his work can be found in private collections in Argentina, Spain, Germany and United States.

Upon arriving in Australia in 2009, Gonzalo established a small arts company, Magic Lantern Studio, focussing on pre-cinema animation, theatre and puppetry. Magic Lantern has created murals for Luna Park, the Werribee Zoo, University of Melbourne, Arena Theatre, Cirque Idyllic and Melbourne Museum. He also directed the White Night spectacle, The Man Who Cannot Sleep (2018) and co-devised Life is a Carousel for The Melbourne International Festival of Puppetry, Winner Green Room Award – puppetry (2018).

Gonzalo’s private painting practice is inspired by an uncertain future and explores the potential roads humanity could take. The simple everyday acts of our existence imbue his painting with vulnerability and reveal an artist sensitive to the spiritual and affective yearnings of people in a twittering world.


puppet maker



Band Camp

Nick Wilson is a Melbourne-based giant puppet designer-builder, performer and arts facilitator. His work combines theatre, spectacle, music, narrative and engineering into lively and audacious comments on myth, history, community and the natural world. He is drawn to work that is engaging, fearless and fun – intent on strong images, big themes, high energy, and massive impact.

As a core member of Snuff Puppets since 2006, he has developed and toured both mainstage and roaming works, as well as leading People’s Puppet Projects, throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. He’s been with The Village Festival for 13 years as parade artist, crew member, workshop leader and performer. In recent years he has also worked with Creature Technology Company as a sculptural fabricator and with A Blanck Canvas as both Performer and Puppet Builder.

Other work includes current musical project Soundfossil;The Mechanical Variety Hour, a mechanical meta-puppet roving act; Convict Paradise, a research-based songwriting collaboration at the Old Melbourne Gaol; Lola the Dancing Bear, a darkly comic street show combining live music, dance and giant puppetry; and a string of original theatrical soundtracks for The Laudanum Project, Think Blink Theatre, We are Nothing and Marcel Luconte.

He has collaborated with Sanctum Theatre / Magic Lantern in the production and performance of Bug Lab for the Melbourne Museum and Moomba Parade, and as a builder on The Man Who Cannot Sleep for White Night 2018.

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