Jasmine Powell completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne in 2003 where she met Lachlan Plain, artistic director of Sanctum Theatre, and now her husband. Jasmine’s photo of Lachlan set at La Mama theatre was chosen for the front cover of the 2003 Creative Arts brochure to advertise the program to prospective students. Jasmine was assistant producer for Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Furniture and Inventions programs in 2004, and she co-ordinated the Kew Community Festival in 2006 and 2007.
Jasmine has worked with Sanctum Theatre since 2006 including as publicist for lament: candles & compost (2006); as curator of silent revolution: an exhibition (2007); as performer in bower: family portrait as part of the Zero Projects 2009 season; as performer in Learning to Fly at Castlemaine Puppet Slam (2013); as mask and puppet co-facilitator at Moomba Festival (2015); and as production and stage manager for puppet floats at Moomba Parade (2020). She works as stage manager and puppet minder for Sanctum Theatre puppet shows and roving puppets at festivals around Victoria. In 2018 Jasmine launched Sanctum Studio, based in Greensborough, with Lachlan.
Jasmine worked in the mental health sector as a recreational youth worker for Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre (2006 to 2008), as a support worker for MIND Australia (2006 to 2008), as Youth Consumer Consultant for Austin Health’s YEPS program (2008 to 2010), and as a Peer Support Worker for NEAMI (2010 to 2012). Jasmine completed her Masters of Social Work at RMIT in 2013 and did her final Social Work placement at Borderlands Cooperative. She was published in New Community Quarterly for her article on her community practice in her Local Energy Transfer System (LETS).
Jasmine now facilitates creative community development projects through her business, Silent Revolution. In 2018 Jasmine was awarded a Banyule City Council Arts and Culture Community Grant to co-facilitate, with Lachlan in Sanctum Studio, the Look, A Book! program, working with children aged 5-6 who engage with Kilparran to create a picture story book. In 2019 Jasmine was awarded a VMIAC grant, then in 2020 a DHHS grant, to host and cofacilitate a support group for mothers who have experienced psychosis. In 2020, Jasmine received a Banyule City Council Quick Arts Response grant to write a reflective piece based on listening to a Persian woman tell her story. In 2020, Jasmine also received a Banyule City Council Business grant to develop this website.