Lachlan Plain Studios

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 ( – a visual performance company presenting live art in everyday spaces since 2006 – Lachlan has written, designed, directed, performed in and produced many plays, live art events, puppet shows, roving acts and the short film, the ferryman and his wife (American Independent Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2010). 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. Sanctum Studio is a dynamic new arts space in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne that creates public art, street art, giant puppets, sets and costumes for festivals, arts companies, government and commercial clients. It also partner councils and community groups to facilitate arts-based community development projects.

Lachlan has also worked for the Snuff Puppets ( for the past few years, 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; including performing in Everybody (Melbourne 2015, Sao Paolo 2016).

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 and The Final Voyage of Pedro Piscator, a 5 x 11m mural at Bulleen Art & Garden.

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

Click here to download Lachlan’s curriculum vitae.