This programme ran in 2010 at the Pervasive Media Studio. For more projects like these please visit the Studio website.

Project Advisors

  • James Richards

    James Richards is Director of Chromatrope, a multiplatform consultancy with a particular interest in strategy, innovation and special projects.

    James was previously a development executive for the BBC where he set up and ran both the Vision Multiplatform Product Development and Learning Development teams. He is interested in the creative applications of technology and the development of new narrative forms as a way to reach new or hard to reach audiences. James has produced projects on behalf of the BBC for TV, radio, online, interactive TV and pervasive media platforms.

  • Jessica Hepburn, Lyric Hammersmith

    Jessica Hepburn has been Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the Lyric Hammersmith, one of London’s leading producing theatres, for the past five years. Prior to this she was Director of Communications at the Lyric overseeing the marketing, press, fundraising and touring functions of the theatre. Earlier in her career she worked for Brighton Festival, England’s major arts festival, and Northern Stage, the North East’s largest producing theatre based in Newcastle. Jessica is also a non-executive director of a number of other organisations including the Theatre Managers Association (TMA) and the touring theatre company, Told By An Idiot.

  • John McGrath, National Theatre Wales

    John E McGrath is Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, a new company which will be producing work from March 2010. Previously John was Artistic Director of the award-winning Contact, Manchester, where, as a director he worked with a wide range of artists including poet Lemn Sissay and hip hop theatre maker Benji Reid. His book ‘Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space’ was published by Routledge. In 2004 and he was awarded the NESTA Cultural Leadership Award in 2005.

  • Katie Day

    Katie Day is the Artistic Director of The Other Way Works, a theatre company that 'creates daring and remarkable theatre that draws the audience into the very heart of the experience'. In her role she initiates and directs new productions, delivers participatory activities, and leads the strategic development of the company.

    In her artistic practise she's fascinated with pushing the boundaries of what theatre can be, by creating innovation in the theatrical form.

    In 2010, Katie Day joined the iShed team for one year to produce Theatre Sandbox 2010 as part of a Cultural Leadership Programme placement.

  • Kenton O’Hara, Microsoft Labs

    Kenton O’Hara is Senior Researcher in the Socio Digital Systems Group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge where he is interested in social and behavioural practices of tangible and embodied interaction with pervasive technology. He has looked at a wide range of technologies applications in public settings, including crowd based games with large displays, location based experiences, mediascape authoring, cross media alternate reality games, interactive tabletops and collaborative jukeboxes.

    Kenton has authored over 60 publications and two books on public displays and collaborative music consumption. He has previously worked at at CSIRO in Australia as Director of the HxI Initiative, HP Labs, Rank Xerox EuroPARC and the Appliance Studio. He has worked on numerous award winning projects including the BBC’s BAFTA and Royal Television Society award winning “Coast” location based experience.

  • Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

    Lyn Gardner is a theatre reviewer for The Guardian and has been going to the theatre regularly since early infancy. She studied Drama and English at Kent University. She was a founder member of the City Limits cooperative where she edited the theatre section, before joining the Guardian.

  • Nina Steiger, Soho Theatre Writers’ Centre

    Nina is Associate Director at Soho Theatre.  Prior to this post, Nina worked as a director and in the development new work for seven years in the New York and regional theatres for a range organisations including Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film, The Foundry Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club.

    Nina currently serves as a freelance dramaturg for screen writers and playwrights, is a Board member for ON Theatre and proto-type theater, an International Affiliate Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and a consultant for the UK Style Council, the Hospital Club and INN, an international performance project.  As a writer, her work has been commissioned, produced and published in London, New York and Montreal.

  • Phil Stenton, University College Falmouth

    Phil is a Professor of Pervasive Media and Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise, School of Media and Performance, University College Falmouth

    Phil Stenton has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield. He wass the first Research Director of the Bristol-based Pervasive Media Studio, which brings together the computing, communication and creative industries to pioneer new forms of digital media.

    He has 20 years of research management experience in the UK and the US. In 1984 he was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, before joining BT and eventually HP Labs. Until 1999 he managed a department in HP Labs working in mobile and appliance computing. He followed that with a temporary assignment to as R&D lab manager within an HP product division in the US. There, he set up a research lab to develop e-services technology.

    Phil has served on a number of UK and European funding committees, interview panels and review boards and he was also director of the DTI's City & Buildings Research Centre which carried out the Mobile Bristol programme that engaged participants from across the creative and IT industries, educationalists, schoolchildren and members of the public.