Ben’s background is in creative technologies: before joining academia he worked designing and developing digital prototypes for a wide range of clients including the BBC, Philips, Telecom Italia, the NHS, Honda and many others in the digital media industries. These prototypes included games, interactive TV, rich web apps, mobile apps, and interactive art. In 2006 he joined the EU FP6 PASION (Psychologically Augmented Social Interaction Over Networks) project to lead the game design and development thread, and from 2010 – 2015 worked as a Senior Lecturer in Game Design at the University of Lincoln, as Leader of the Computer Games Production programme, and moved to the University of York’s department of Theatre, Film, TV and Interactive Media in January 2016. Ben’s PhD was in social aspects of game play, and identified links between patterns of social interaction and game mechanics. His research interests are around design for unusual interactive experiences. He takes a multidisciplinary approach and collaborate widely with scholars from computer science, psychology, human-computer interaction and the arts.
Lucy is currently Project Producer for Pilot Theatre. Her projects have included several immersive plays and experiences including A Restless Place in some eighteenth century cells, a gig with John Foxx in a Cold War Bunker and the interactive theatre show Traitor, directed by Esther Richardson and Cecilie Lundsholt, where audiences broke into a building after dark. Lucy has also presented and hosted at several conferences including Culture 24: Let’s Get Real, The Immersive Storytelling Symposium at Liverpool John Moores University, Sharing is Caring: Shared Experiences in Mixed Reality panel at Tribeca Film Festival, the BFI Film Academy and PlatformSHIFT+ Creative Forums in Tallinn and Budapest. As Creative Producer and Director, Lucy’s most recent project, also called Traitor (adapted from the play) combines, virtual reality, film and a live actor. The piece recently premiered in competition at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.
Digital Officer at Pilot Theatre. I focus on the sharing and creation of content across digital platforms, including social media and our website. My work includes aspects of graphic design, video and sound editing, filming and photography. All of this contributes to the digital marketing and educational resources that accompany Pilot’s productions.