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 across Queensland, Australia. Our approach to performance-making is highly collaborative and often involves large teams.

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 Crunch Time (Next Wave & Metro Arts, 2018), 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 eight Matilda Awards, receiving the award for Best AV Design (Blue Bones, 2017). 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, and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance (research). See More...


Mike Willmett - Sound Designer

Mike currently has a professional practice as a sound designer and composer for independent dance and theatre productions. He has collaborated on work presented internationally at Sziget Festival Hungary and ANSAN Street Arts Festival South Korea, and nationally at The Australian Performing Arts Market, State Library Queensland, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Next Wave Festival, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, La Boite, Tasdance, Dance Massive, Expressions Dance Company, Metro Arts, and World Theatre Festival. He has performed and exhibited solo work at BEAF Festival, BARI Festival, Fete De La Musique, Wonderland Festival, Under the Radar, Cross-stitch, 2high Festival, and the Judith Wright Centre. Mike was also part of independent band “My Fiction” from 2008 to 2015, and has co-wrote and released: Your Tokyo (2008) – EP; Fire! Romance! Fire! (2010) – Album; Shallow Highs (2013) – Album. He performed with My Fiction throughout Australia, as well as showcased at the College Music Junction (New York), MUSexpo (Los Angeles) and BigSound (Brisbane), and was a recipient of an Australian Arts Council ArtStart Grant in 2012. 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. See More...


Christine Felmingham - LX & Tech Designer

Christine has bachelor degrees’ in Technical Production and Drama through QUT. She recently made her mainstage debut as lighting designer for La Boite Theatre Company and Playlab’s production of The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek. She has also created lighting designs for Spectate, by Counterpilot (2017); Short+Sweet Theatre & Cabaret Festivals in Brisbane and the Gold Coast (2016 & 2017); Splendour, from Now Look Here Theatre Company (Directed by Kate Wild); Allen, from Awkward Productions (directed by Stewart McMillan); Architects Reborn: Arena Spectacular, part of Brisbane Festival (from Architects of Sound); and Iphigenia 2.0 (Directed by David Sleswick). Christine has worked as an assistant to David Walters, Ben Hughes, Jason Glenwright & Glenn Hughes. See More...


Sarah Winter - Production Designer

Sarah Winter is a designer, performance-maker and installation artist. Her practice focuses on memory and the audience experience in immersive installations and the creation of participatory environments. She holds a practice-led PhD in Performance Studies investigating participatory installation environments. Recent work includes: Australian design realiser Lost Lending Library for Punchdrunk, Imaginary Theatre and Festival 2018 (2017 - 2018), Theatre Republic site designer for Brisbane Festival (2015 - 2019), production designer Sound of a Finished Kiss (2018), Matilda award nomination for set design on Medea for Laboite Theatre Company (2015), creator of A Dinner with Gravity for LaBoite Indie (2012) and S.E.A.S residency at Nes Res in Iceland (2012).

Clinton Freeman - Software Designer

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' (La Boite & Brisbane Powerhouse, 2013-2015), ‘Clarity in Transit’ (Brisbane Airport, 2014), ‘Persistence’ (Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, 2018). Clinton has also created interactive installation pieces for galleries, including ‘Marsarium 9’ (Dublin Science Gallery, 2018), and ‘Inertia’ (KickArts Cairns, 2018). See More...



Other past and present collaborators include:

Sandra Carluccio, Toby Martin, John Felmingham, Sean Dowling, Benjamin Knapton, Cameron Clark, Jeremy Gordon, Lauren Jackson, Kristen Trollope, Nevin Howell, Optikal Bloc, Craig Wilkinson, Elise Greig, Brad Haseman, Hugh Parker, Anna McGahan, Lucas Stibbard, Veronica Neave, Nicole Neil, Jaimeson Gilders, Rebecca Minuti, 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, Next Wave Festival, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, TAFE Queensland, Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, and RCC Fringe.