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So what exactly is a "Thought Jar" anyway?

Born of a desire to "make stuff" and "have fun", Thought Jar Productions is based in Perth, Western Australia.


Plagued for years by a creative brain that just wouldn't stop thinking up ideas, founder Stephen B. Platt crafted a metaphorical vessel to put them in (his "thought" jar). This vessel has been designed to allow some of his many creative ideas to come to fruition (and to store his extraneous puns).


Joining Stephen's endeavours are the Thought Jar team, a talented group of like-minded, creative people who love creating live performance, podcasts, and online content. The core members of the team specialise in science fiction, popular culture, and live performance.

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for upcoming performances and projects, and if you have an idea for the Thought Jar, drop us an email below!

meet the team

Dr. Sarah Courtis

Dr. Sarah Courtis

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Ellin Sears
Dr. Ellin Sears

Co-founder and Business Manager. Writer and purveyor of lists and all things organisational.

An academic as well as a creative practitioner, she has a great love of all things Tolkien and Middle Earth, with her recently conferred doctoral thesis examining the lyric in musical theatre. Sarah has also worked professionally as an actor, director, and stage manager both in Australia and abroad.

She can usually be found with a bubble tea in hand, writing or marking whilst listening to musical theatre soundtracks, and is a regular guest on The Cinema Catch-Up Club Podcast.

Founder and creator of

Thought Jar Productions.

Avid pun maker and ideas man.

Dr. Stephen Platt is a Perth-based writer, academic, actor, and improvisor, with a PhD in Science Fiction in Theatre and Live Performance. He currently teaches at Murdoch University lecturing in English, Theatre and Drama, Communications, and Public Speaking.

He is a member of the improvised comedy groups ‘The Big Hoo! Haa!’ and ‘Improv RPG’. He is also the seven-time champion of the improvised presentation competition ‘TOD Talks’ and the 2024 winner of The Australian O-Pun competition. In 2019, he became the first person to ever give an entirely improvised TED Talk presentation at TEDx Perth.

Stephen has worked as an events MC for organisations including the City of Perth, Edith Cowan University, and Supanova Comic Con & Gaming. He is also a licenced Marriage Celebrant!

Co-founder and General Manager. Overseer of online content, social media and fonts.

After initially training as a dancer, Ellin now wears many different hats in her work as an educator, choreographer, and as a performer for stage and screen.

Her doctoral studies examined the subversion of audience and genre expectations using musical theatre dance. She is obsessed with tea, elephants, typography, and the colour pink, and has a wardrobe that runs the gamut from vintage hats and gloves to rainbow striped dance pants. She is also a regular guest on The Cinema Catch-Up Club Podcast.

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