Maureen Thomas

Maureen Thomas, whose research interests include the theory and practice of spatially organised narrativity (including interactivity) and modes of representation and engagement, co-founded DIGIS with François Penz in 1998 and co-directed the MPhil in Architecture and the Moving Image, also supervising PhD students and later helping to develop and teach the MML MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures.

For DIGIS, Maureen has participated in Marvellous Transformations (project leader), Urban Cinematic Geographies of Battersea, Museum as Interface, Cinemarchitecture, MIST (project leader), ATCAD (project leader), Discursive Formations, New Millennium – New Media (NM2) (Co-I) and Smart Media (project leader).

Maureen, a dramatist, story-architect and director, is a former Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; Creative Research Fellow, Malmö University; Visiting Artist, Media Lab, Aalto University Helsinki; Head of Screen Studies, National Film & Television School UK and Associate Professor of Cinematurgy and Interactive Storytelling, Norwegian Film School, where she has also supervised practice-based research for the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

Interactive work co-developed at DIGIS has been shown at SATIS/Screen4All Transmedia, Paris 2013; MIST Cambridge 2010; Ulster Festival of Art & Design, Belfast 2008; Southbank Centre, London 2007; Cambridge International Film Festival, 2007; EuroiTV, Amsterdam 2007; Women in Games, Newport 2007; BAFTA, London 2003 (shortlisted for nomination for interactive award); City Hall Gallery, Reykjavik 2003; Fylkingen Centre for New Music & Intermedia Arts, Stockholm 2001; Bella Centre, Copenhagen 2001 and Electrohype, Malmö 2000. More traditional credits include the feature-film Goodbye 13 which she co-wrote with director Sirin Eide (LUCAS Award for Best Film, Frankfurt International Festival, Best Film Award, Antwerp International Film Festival); broadcasts on Channel 4 TV, Discovery Channel, Anglia TV and the BBC, and live music/dance-theatre performances at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Royal Festival Hall, London; Oxford and Nottingham Playhouses, UK; Wielki Theatre-National Opera, Warsaw; Gloria Theatre Helsinki & Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland.