Sanctum Studio | Sanctum Studio – 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 Studio – Artists

Sanctum Studio, 6/183 Para Rd Greensborough, is home to writers, painters, photographers, jewelers and various other artists… (Please contact us if you are interested in workstation rentals.)


author & artist


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.


Writer, Photographer & Jeweler


Melanie Faith Dove is a best selling author and award winning photographer. She’s worked professionally since 1996, predominantly in news and editorial photography with The Age (Fairfax) newspaper from 2002-2013. Her unique and creative imagery has been published extensively in books, newspapers and magazines, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Outback Magazine, Australian Geographic Magazine and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Melanie’s latest book ‘High Country Cattlemen’, released in October 2015, pictorially celebrates the lives and traditions of the remaining Australian Mountain Cattlemen families in Victoria and Tasmania. The book takes a contemporary look at the now seventh generation cattlemen driving and mustering their cattle in tune with the seasons, set in Australia’s spectacular Alpine country.

Dove’s portraiture has been gaining accolades after winning The National Portrait Gallery’s, ‘People’s Choice Award’ for ‘Face of South Sudan’ in 2013. She also won ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Monash Gallery of Art – Bowness Award, for her portrait, ‘Cowboy Kids’. Her portrait ‘Living back home’, was one of only 30 international finalists in New York’s Charlatan Ink Art Prize, 2011.

Melanie has worked for many aid organisations and foundations in recent years, covering everything from Infrastructure and Governance Study Tours to high level conferences, seminars and festivals. She has worked for International Mining for Development Centre, Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility , Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Children First Foundation and the Yothu Yindi Foundation.
She recently worked for Juggler Design – Eltham, in the capacity of Studio Assistant, writing content and photographing specifically for client’s websites as well as maintaining her own freelance practice.

Melanie Faith Dove has a BA in Photography from RMIT and enjoyed teaching the Photojournalism Major at Photography Studies College in 2009 & 2010.



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.

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