Counterpilot was co-founded by Sandra Carluccio & Nathan Sibthorpe, and is currently directed by Nathan Sibthorpe. We work with a diverse range of artists from around Australia.

Our core conspirators include:


Nathan Sibthorpe - Performance-Maker

Nathan Sibthorpe is a contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer. He was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14 and an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012. Notable credits as a writer/director include Spectate (Metro Arts, 2017), Some Dumb Play (Metro Arts, 2012), Tyrone & Lesley in a Spot (2016); and as an AV Designer include Blue Bones (Playlab, 2017), Wireless (JWCoCA, 2017), Viral (Shock Therapy Productions, 2016), He Dreamed a Train (Brisbane Powerhouse, 2014-17), Bear with Me (Out of the Box Festival, 2012), and The Harbinger (La Boite Indie, 2011). Nathan has been nominated for five Matilda Awards, including Best Technical Design, Best AV Design and the Lord Mayor's Award for Best New Australian Work. Nathan received a Green Room Groundling Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Multimedia in Theatre (The Harbinger, 2011) and in 2017 received the Dr Don Batchelor Award for Drama Research at QUT. Nathan has a BFA in Performance Studies from QUT, with distinction. He is currently undertaking a research Master’s Degree. See More...


Sandra Carluccio - Performance-Maker

Sandra Carluccio is a live artist and performance maker based in Melbourne. Her achievements include a Matilda Award (Bille Brown Best Emerging Artist, 2013), Live Art Residency at La Boite Theatre Company (Australia Council for the Arts Early Career Residency, 2014 – 2015), an ArtStart Grant (2014), and a JUMP Mentorship (2012). She has completed projects with Art in Odd Places (New York City, Indianapolis, Sydney), Art and About, Performance Space, Radiotonic for Radio National, State Library of Queensland’s The Edge, You Are Here Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival, and has worked alongside pvi collective, One Step at a Time Like This, and Blast Theory. She studied a BCI in Performance Studies, from QUT, with honours. See More...


Mike Willmett - Sound Design

Mike Willmett is a visual/sound artist/composer/designer based in Brisbane. After completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Art) in 2005 and a Master of Music in 2009 at the Queensland University of Technology, Mike has narrowed down his work to include sound art, installation, sound design, visual  art,  digital  art,  graphic  design,  musical  programming,  composing, recording and anything else that allows him to mess with peoples heads. Going  under  the  artist  umbrella  of MeekSounds, Mike’s  work  frequently revolves around the relationship between sound and space—in particular how sound  can  be  manipulated  to  control  and  distort  the  perspective  of  an audience. Mike plays in Brisbane-based band My Fiction and currently works at QUT as a co-unit coordinator and sessional academic (Lecturer and Tutor) within the Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) and the Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts School (MECA).


Clinton Freeman - Software Development

Clinton Freeman is a software developer that inhabits obscure corners of the Internet. With over a decade of software development experience, he has created code for a variety of platforms. Clinton draws upon his industrial experience of creating desktop, web and mobile  applications  to  deliver  technical  solutions  for  ambitiously  creative projects. His credits include the interaction design and software for 'Golden Orbs' (Gasworks), winner of 2014 Queensland IES Award (Illuminating Engineering Society). Clinton's software and control systems can also be found in mobile devices delivering content for site-specific theatre performances. Works include 'This is Capital City' (2013 and 2015) at La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Powerhouse, and ‘Clarity in Transit’ at the Brisbane Airport (2014).


Toby Martin - Actor & Writer

Toby Martin is primarily an actor, though is increasingly invested in writing both for stage and prose. As an actor, Toby made his QTC debut in Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore in 2015. Before that, Toby toured with the Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe and with deBase Productions. Other credits include The Truth About Kookaburras (La Boite Indie), Trolley Boys (Metro Arts), Some Dumb Play (Metro Arts), Inter/nality (Melbourne Fringe), and the night, my brother, and me (Little Big Productions/La Boite) and the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s productions of Food of Love, As You Like It and Richard III. Toby often works as a writer or collaborator in performance projects.



Other past and present collaborators include:

Cameron Clark, Kristen Trollope, Christine Felmingham, Sean Dowling, Sarah Winter, Nevin Howell, John Felmingham, Optikal Bloc, Craig Wilkinson, Benjamin Knapton, Elise Greig, Brad Haseman, Hugh Parker, Anna McGahan, Lucas Stibbard, Veronica Neave, Lauren Jackson, Nicole Neil, Jaimeson Gilders, Rebecca Minuti, Jeremy Gordon, Peter Cossar, Malua Fa’aleava, Sandra Gattenhof, José Gonda, Gretchen Johnson, Elle Mickel, Robert John Millett, Christos Mourtzakis, Matthew O’Neill, Kate O' Sullivan, Belinda Raisin, Terri-Leigh Redding, Jonathan Sri, Kylie Stephenson, Courtney Stewart, Daniel Viles, Bianca Zouppas, Chris Batkin, Meaghan Donaldson, Belinda Hammond, Carmen Juarez, Tara Kingi, Joel Lago, Georgia Lejeune, Amber Leigh Webb-Lord, Kaitlyn Woods, Claire Jarvis, Caitlin Armstrong, Luke Atherton.


Previous Counterpilot projects have been generously supported by:

The Edge, Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia Council for the Arts, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane Airport Corporation, QPAC, Metro Arts, QUT Creative Lab, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Queensland Theatre, and Next Wave Festival.

The EdgeBrisbane PowerhouseAustralia Council

La Boite Theatre CompanyQPACBrisbane Airport


Sandra and Nathan would also like to thank their past mentors from Blast Theory, pvi Collective, The Border Project, and Sandpit.