Our People


Lachlann Carter is a co-founder and Program Director of 100 Story Building. In 2009 he completed an internship at 826 Valencia in San Francisco. He has taught in a number of primary schools in Melbourne’s inner west, and has worked in educational programs for the National Trust on the Polly Woodside. He speaks regularly on the topics of social enterprise, community engagement and family/school partnerships, and is a member of a number of education and community action groups. He fondly remembers dressing up as Spot the Dog for Children’s Book Week, although unfortunately that day ended with him accidentally stepping on two children.


Jessica Tran is co-founder and Development Manager of 100 Story Building. She is interested in the intersection of arts, education and social justice, and works in the areas of communication, advocacy, development and evaluation. She is currently a Community Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (University of Melbourne). The best part of her work week is talking reading, fandom and life at Level 87 Book Club, where young people meet weekly to share their book feels.

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Lisa Logan is Business Manager at 100 Story Building. She has experience in program and financial management in the arts and film sectors, and is responsible for financial management and compliance for the organisation, and ensuring that no children get lost down the trapdoor.

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Simon Conlon is the Program Manager at 100 Story Building. Simon has over 10 years of experience delivering workshops for children and young adults. He has worked across programs in a number of areas including theatre, science, visual art and circus, and tries to bring a little bit of everything into all workshops. Simon enjoys helping participants from a range of backgrounds and communities to explore their own creativity, making lots of wonderful mistakes along the way. Simon talks with his hands, feet, elbows, hair, knees, nose, eyebrows and chin.

Oh, and his mouth – but only if he has to.


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Chetna Mahadik is the Communications Coordinator at 100 Story Building. She turned up at the Building one day looking for her pet armadillo that had scurried down the trapdoor and stayed on. She has a background in journalism and communications and has been a part of the not-for-profit sector for the last five years. A published short story writer herself, she loves eavesdropping on the amazing plots that children hatch inside 100 Story Building.

In case you are wondering, she still hasn’t found her pet armadillo!

Workshop Facilitators

Ben McKenzie


Ben McKenzie is a performer, writer and game designer who thinks everyone should make stories and games. His work encompasses live comedy, podcasts, late night museum tours and even a time travel comedy starring Susan from Neighbours. He has many years of experience running playful and educational events for adults and children alike. Some of his absolute favourite games are the ones created by participants at 100 Story Building! He celebrates the work of Terry Pratchett in the book club podcast Pratchat, and is currently writing his first videogame (which he can’t talk about). His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus (which he talks about a lot).


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Brendan Barnett is a workshop facilitator at 100 Story Building. He is also an animator, actor and voice over artist. Brendan is often running off with theatre in education companies such as Bell Shakespeare and Complete Works Theatre Company and attempting to bring texts to life for young audiences across Australia. He says the best part is chatting with some of the sharpest minds in the country –  high school students. In all his work Brendan is a strong believer in the power of play to engage and educate teachers and students alike and the importance of shared story telling in forging links within and between communities.


Laura Hartnell


Laura Hartnell is a theatre writer, director and academic who spends far too much time in her own head! Laura writes for ABC News Online, reviews theatre, and her plays have been performed in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Originally from Gippsland, Laura has been writing and theatre-ing since she was a child, and more recently has been supported by Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Malthouse Theatre and La Mama. She is currently completing her Masters at Monash University in feminist theatre criticism.

She does not like hot or noisy places (which makes the heavy metal dinosaur sauna down on Level 44 a real no-go area!) and stores her magic powers of underwater singing in her curly hair…but don’t tell anyone.


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Rachael Dubois is an actor, facilitator and theatre-maker. She has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts from Auckland’s UNITEC. Rachael has performed with theatre companies across Australia and New Zealand and has a strong foundation in improvisation, devising, filmmaking and acting. She uses these skills in her workshops and tries to do as many silly voices as possible.

Rachael is also an experienced facilitator and workshop leader. When she’s not keeping children safe from the giant kittens on level 42 at 100 Story Building, she can be found running workshops with companies such as Melbourne Playback Theatre Company and the Song Room.