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Gonzalo Varela

writer, puppeteer, puppet builder

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 space, VESARTESIEMPRE. This space served not only as a studio, but provided a public platform from which to run weekly community art events, exhibitions and digital drawings jams. It became a hub for a number of arts collectives including POLYVINYLCLUB, FOLCORE and DIAPOSSISSIONISTAS. Later, together with a group of artists who met through VESARTESIEMPRE, he became a co-founder of NAU IOIN, a community artspace which continues to thrive under the supervision of the Council of Barcelona, (now called NAI IVANOW).

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 started up a small arts company, MAGIC LANTERN STUDIO, with his partner Lucy where together they explore pre-cinema animation, theatre and puppetry as well as continuing their arts practice. MAGIC LANTERN produces Public murals and counts among its clients Luna Park, the Werribee Zoo, University of Melbourne, Arena Theatre, Cirque Idyllic and Melbourne Museum.

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.

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Lachlan Plain

production manager, puppet builder and performer

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

He is artistic director of Sanctum Theatre, a visual performance company presenting folk theatre in everyday spaces. Sanctum Theatre’s inaugral show, LAMENT: CANDLES & COMPOST at the Abbotsford Convent (2006),was described by The Age as ‘full of striking images… shadowplay and puppetry were absorbingly innovative’ and Inpress as a ‘startling work that is at once confronting and yet comforting’, ().

He 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.

He won the 2012 Impress Prize for THE LOST JOURNALS OF PEDRO PISCATOR AND OTHER TALES, an eclectic illustrated collection of tall tales, and is a founding member of Subterranean Ink writers collective.

He has 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.

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

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Kelly Ryall

Kelly is an award-winning composer, musician and sound designer for theatre, dance and
film. Kelly is recognised internationally for creating immersive and multi-layered musical
landscapes for the stage and screen.

His recent focus has been to establish a music driven theatre/performance practice, where score not script is the driver behind a work. ANIMAL directed by Susie Dee and THE BACCHAE directed by Adena Jacobs (Melbourne Festival and Dark Mofo) are the first of these works and were received to public and critical acclaim.

Kelly’s music for theatre includes: for Melbourne Theatre Company, DI VIV AND ROSE, HAYFEVER, THREE LITTLE WORDS, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, PEDDLING, RUPERT (which toured to Sydney’s Theatre Royal and The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC), THE CRUCIBLE, ON THE PRODUCTION OF MONSTERS, RETURN TO EARTH, DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, GOD OF CARNAGE, SAVAGE RIVER (with Griffin), DANCE OF DEATH, ON THE MISCONCEPTION OF OEDIPUS; for Sydney Theatre Company, BOYS WILL BE BOYS; THE TRIAL (with Malthouse); for Queensland Theatre: SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE; for Bell Shakespeare, ROMEO AND JULIET, AS YOU LIKE IT; TARTUFFE, PHEDRE, HENRY IV, MACBETH, JULIUS CAESAR and THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES; for Malthouse EDWARD II, THE SHADOW KING (toured to Barbican), DANCE OF DEATH, ONE NIGHT THE MOON, DIE WINTERREISSE (with Thin Ice and Brisbane Festival); for Griffin, THE BOYS (with Sydney Festival), AND NO MORE SHALL WE PART, DREAMS IN WHITE, MERCURY FUR and DON’T SAY THE WORDS; THE BACCHAE (Fraught Outfit, Melbourne Festival, Dark Mofo); and for Belvoir Theatre, TITLE AND DEED, NORA, HEDDA GABLER; CINDERELLA; KILL THE MESSENGER; and LOVE ME TENDER.

Music for dance includes 10,000 SMALL DEATHS with Paula Ley (Dance Massive); TEAM OF LIFE, FLESH AND BONE and SUNDOWNER for KAGE; EXPECTATION with Carlee Mellow; PIECES FOR SMALL SPACES with Lucy Guerin Inc; and PIECE FOR PERSON AND GHETTO BLASTER with Nicola Gunn including Australian and world tours.

For film, Kelly’s work includes composition on the short films: EYE CONTACT; TOMORROW; STASIS; THE CURTAIN BREATHED DEEPLY; LOIS; ONE NIGHT; FINALE; MEAT; SANDWICH; SQUOKA; MARCH; BE FAMOUS; WINNER; RUNAWAY; and APOCOLYPSE BEAR; as well as music for many TVCs and the documentary film MEMORY PLAY for the ABC. Kelly has won four Green Room Awards and a Melbourne International Arts Festival Award and been nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award and numerous Green Room Awards. Kelly was a member of band High Pass Filter for many years and toured internationally with the band, performing with groups such as Beastie Boys, The Boredoms, Fugazi, Lee Scratch Perry and Tortoise.

Kelly is currently creating music for AGAINST THE TIDE, the interactive and immersive experience on the Parramatta River; and YOU ANIMAL, YOU with Force Majeure. Upcoming work includes WORKING WITH CHILDREN for MTC and BROTHERS WRECK for Malthouse and State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Listen to Kelly’s work at

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Lee Ramseyer Bache

Lee sincerely believes in the power of storytelling to foster solidarity amongst human kind. He is a film producer, scriptwriter, projection artist, creative business owner, production manager, A/V technician, and scaffolder, amongst many other roles. Lee is Co-founder of Little Projector Company (Projector Bike) Australia’s pre-eminent mobile projection specialists. This work involves large format projection, mobile projection technology, and immersive narratives. He has presented work at Vivid Sydney, The Substation, and Gertrude Street Projection Festival, amongst many others. Lee is also an experienced film Producer & Scriptwriter both in Australia and in the UK. His proudest credit; Producer of the critically acclaimed feature doco WE ARE POETS (Sheffield Doc Fest Youth Award 2013). In 2015 Lee Co-founded Light Works Studios, an independent production company specialising in realising stories about the arts and social justice. In this work Lee is responsible for creative and strategic development, production management, and various production roles.

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Nick Wilson

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

As a core artist for Snuff Puppets since 2006, he has contributed to many stage, roving and community shows, including creative development of EVERYBODY, HUMAN BODY PARTS, DURER’S RHINOCEROS, the upcoming GARDEN OF SORROWS, and People’s Puppet Projects in Japan, Taiwan, India, Denmark and regional Australian cities. He’s also spent 11 years on the Village Festival team, as site crew, parade and puppet artist, arts workshop facilitator and performer at Falls Festival Lorne and Byron Bay, Edinburgh Gardens, Castlemaine Winterfest, Canberra Centenary and Floriade Fringe.

Other productions have included THE MECHANICAL VARIETY HOUR, a meta-puppet roving act incorporating hand-made musical machinery; CONVICT PARADISE, a research-based heritage-arts collaboration presented at the Old Melbourne Gaol; LOLA THE DANCING BEAR, a darkly comic street performance combining 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 is currently recording a studio album and designing a new suite of outdoor performing machines.

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Phil Woodman

Puppet Builder

As director of Voodoo Productions Phil creates original theming decor and artwork for events and productions.  Voodoo works hand-in-hand with its partners to bring their vision to life, pushing boundaries, thinking outside the box and adding a magical touch to everything they create.

Voodoo creates public artworks, themed events,  product launches, trade stands, dance environments, custom-made props for stage, screen, theme parks and zoos across Australia.

Voodoo specialises in large and small scale public art works for government, zoos and local councils sculpture, working with ferro cement, steel, mosaics, wall render effects hand painted murals, 3D lettering, resin and fibreglass.

Voodoo also creates activations and events for corporate clients with our decor and theming department of scenic artists and prop builders and innovators led lighting, lasers effects, recycled materials.

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John Collopy

John is a Melbourne-based freelance lighting and set designer. His work has been seen in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

His recent design credits include THE NOSE (The Bloomshed, winner of Sydney Fringe Director’s Choice Award), TOO READY MIRROR (Darebin Arts Speakeasy), and HURLYBURLY (Q44).

He has also designed for UPRISING (Monash Academy of Performing Arts/Malthouse Theatre), SHINING CITY (Q44 Theatre), PINOCCHIO RESTRUNG (A_tistic, Melbourne Fringe), and SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE (MUST), SISTER CITIES (Q44 Theatre), CORIOLANUS (Theatreworks/Burning House), METAMORPHOSES (Monash Academy of Performing Arts), ATHENS REBORN (Melbourne Uni Shakespeare Company), bare: A POP OPERA (Monash Uni Student Theatre), and Yvonne Virsik’s adaptation of THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Monash Uni Student Theatre).

John has also worked as a lighting assistant on MERCILESS GODS (Little Ones Theatre), THE MOORS (Red Stitch), and as a lighting technician at The Coopers Malthouse, Darebin Arts Centre, and Northcote Town Hall.

He has been privileged enough to have worked with directors and theatremakers such as Susie Dee, Fleur Kilpatrick, Yvonne Virsik, Suzanne Heywood, Russell Goldsmith, and Rachel Baring.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, with a major in Theatre and a minor in Performance.

Read more about his work here.

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Michael Camilleri

Michael Camilleri is a Melbourne artist.

As an illustrator:

ONE MINUTE’S SILENCE (CBCA Honour Book 2015 Picture Book of the Year, CBCA Crichton Award 2015, PM’s Literary Award – Children’s Fiction 2015), THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS (watch on youtube), VIENNA 1913 (find at Pound Records), Various comics (read at

As a director:

WAA AND THE SEVEN SISTERS for Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum, Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE for Lyric Opera, Melbourne (3 green room nominations)

As a writer/director: THE GOLEM OF RUCKER’S HILL for Platform Youth Theatre, BREMEN (Inaugural Fringe Artplay Award), THE NOW HOUR (Inaugural Fringe Visionary award).

Current projects include a new picture book for Allen& Unwin and Concept Design for The Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra.

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Ana & Sergio

Ana Lorite and Sergio Aguilar are the founding members of Naranjarte, a company that mixes the arts of puppetry and classical circus, offering a new theatre format. Born in 2011 from the merger of two artists with experience in theatre  and circus, Naranjarte uses puppets and marionettes that the artists themselves have designed and built.
Naranjarte has participated in several festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland, 2011), the Skipton Puppet Festival (England 2013 / 2015), the Titirimundi International Festival of Puppets (Segovia-2011/2012/2014/2016), the Redondela International Puppet Festival (Galicia-2012/2013/2016) , Estampes Festival des Marionnettes (France – 2016 / 2017), as well as in theatre halls and cultural centers. Naranjarte has worked as well in teacher training programs (FUHEM Montserrat School 2015, UNIMA Summer School 2016, and Ciudad Real “Jornadas Pedagógicas” 2016) and conferences (Segovia UVA 2016, and Madrid Congress “Aprendemos jugando” 2016).  Naranjarte has collaborated with various musical groups in Sala Clamores, Sala Caracol, Cafe Berlin, Sala Sirocco, Sala Galileo, Reggaboa and Rototom Sunsplash.

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