Sandpit blends design and technology to create captivating experiences in the digital and physical world.
DAN KOERNER is a director of live performance, screen and digital media. He has been artistic associate of The Border Project as designer, videographer, performer and co-director for Disappearance (2009), I Am Not An Animal (2012) and I, Animal (2012). He was associate director for Restless Dance’s Beauty (2010) and director for Take Me There (2011). His short film if i dance will it keep me warm? was part of official selection for the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival. With Sandpit he has produced several interactive experiences with Closer Productions, Michael Kantor, Arts House, Penguin Books and Google’s Creative Lab.
SAM HAREN is Creative Director of Sandpit. From 2002-2012, he was Artistic Director of The Border Project, and directed/co-directed all of the company’s work in this time. His directing credits with The Border Project include I Am Not An Animal with Daniel Koerner (Adelaide Festival 2012), Half-Real (Local Stages, Malthouse Theatre & Melbourne Festival 2011), Escape from Peligro Island (Windmill Theatre & Come Out 2011), Vs Macbeth (Adelaide Festival 2010 & Sydney Theatre Company) Disappearance (iNSPACE 2008), Trouble on Planet Earth (Adelaide Fringe 2008). For Windmill Theatre, he has directed Plop! and Grug.
RACHEL PERK is an experimental playwright and performer with an ongoing investigation in the creation of speculative fiction theatre that imagines feminist futures. Her writing credits and collaborations include ‘Eyes‘ (Sandpit, 2017), ‘MORAL PANIC’ (currently in development) ‘Schmaltz’ (The Malthouse 2016), ‘GROUND CONTROL’ (Next Wave 2016, Theatre Republic 2016), ‘We Get It’ (NEON 2015, Powerhouse 2016 ), ‘Acting Stranger’ (Melbourne Festival 2015) and ‘ANGRY SEXX’ (Melbourne Fringe 2014). Her work has been nominated for multiple Green Room Awards, she participated in the Melbourne Directors Lab and The Malthouse Besen Writers program and she won the 2014 Melbourne Festival Discovery Award. Rachel trained at The VCA.
MATT CROOK is a 2008 graduate of Flinders’ Drama Centre, ensemble member of award winning independent theatre company five.point.one and recipient of the Critics’ Circle Emerging Artist of the year award. Theatre credits include the North American Tour of Grug, The Girl Who Cried Wolf (Windmill Theatre Company); The Give And Take (The State Theatre Company of SA); Notoriously Yours – Adelaide and Edinburgh Seasons, The Lake, The Share and That Face (Best Actor Award, five.point.one). Matt’s film credits include Marcus from the upcoming thriller One Eyed Girl (Directed by Nick Matthews, Projector Films)