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StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy: The National Centre for Immersive Storytelling

We're all about placing innovative storytelling at the heart of next generation immersive technologies and experiences, to fuel the growth of the sector and ensure the UK is leading the way.

Both projects are closely linked: StoryFutures is focussed on R&D projects with businesses to the west of London, while StoryFutures Academy is focussed on delivering cutting edge training for the national screen industries.

StoryFutures is led by Royal Holloway, University of London and is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s unprecedented Creative Industries Clusters Programme. Funded by the government’s industrial strategy challenge fund and based in the ‘Gateway Cluster’ immediately to the west of London it is focused on delivering game changing R&D projects.

StoryFutures Academy is the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling led by the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London. Funded by the government’s industrial strategy challenge fund and part of UK Research and Innovation’s Audience of the Future Challenge. The Academy will develop creative training and research programmes in immersive storytelling to ensure the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of VR, AR and MR.

Meet the team

Professor James Bennett

Professor James Bennett

Director, StoryFutures & Co-Director, StoryFutures Academy

Dr Jon Wardle

Dr Jon Wardle

Co-Director, StoryFutures Academy

Will Saunders

Will Saunders

Chief Creative Officer, StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy

Rebecca Gregory-Clarke

Rebecca Gregory-Clarke

Head of Immersive, StoryFutures Academy

Amanda Murphy

Amanda Murphy

Executive Producer, StoryFutures Academy

Professor Jen Parker-Starbuck

Professor Jen Parker-Starbuck

StoryLab R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Professor Adam Ganz

Professor Adam Ganz

Co-Investigator, StoryFutures & Head of Writers Room, StoryFutures Academy

Sarah Smyth

Sarah Smyth

Head of Delivery, StoryFutures Academy

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Marketing and Communications Manager, StoryFutures Academy

Kylie Bryant

Kylie Bryant

Producer, StoryFutures Creative Cluster

Professor Polly Dalton

Professor Polly Dalton

Audience Insight R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Dr John Ellis

Dr John Ellis

Creative Data R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Ian Ferris

Ian Ferris

Innovation R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Kristina Glushkova

Kristina Glushkova

Business Impact Lead, StoryFutures

Dr Claude Heath

Dr Claude Heath

Creative Data, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Niki Strange

Dr Niki Strange

Executive Producer, StoryFutures

Professor Mark Lycett

Professor Mark Lycett

Business R&D Lead, StoryFutures

Moira Noble

Moira Noble

Head of Operations

Dr Chloe Preece

Dr Chloe Preece

StoryLab Future Audience Researcher

Dr Laryssa Whittaker

Dr Laryssa Whittaker

StoryFutures Audience Insight, Research Fellow

Dr Andy Woods

Dr Andy Woods

StoryFutures Audience Insight, Senior Research Fellow

Paul Bulos

Paul Bulos

Intellectual Property and Research Contracts Manager

Isabelle Verhulst

Isabelle Verhulst

Audience Insight Researcher

Chris Hogg

Chris Hogg

Digital Engagement Officer, StoryFutures Academy

Johnny Johnson

Johnny Johnson

Senior Technician (NFTS), StoryFutures Academy

Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Senior Technician

Dr Marianna Rolbina

Dr Marianna Rolbina

Business Insights, Research Fellow

Dr Christine Singer

Dr Christine Singer

Children's Immersive Audience Researcher

Beatrice Sutcliffe

Beatrice Sutcliffe

Social Media and Events Coordinator

Iqra Bukhari

Iqra Bukhari

Digital Media and Content Coordinator, StoryFutures

Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn

StoryFutures Academy Admin Officer

Anne McNeil

Anne McNeil

Administrator, StoryFutures

Christos Dexiades

Christos Dexiades

Doctoral Researcher in Creative Data Tools

Eirini Nikopoulou

Eirini Nikopoulou

Doctoral Researcher in Audiences, Personalisation, Data and Ethics

Jack Morton

Jack Morton

Doctoral Researcher in Human Geography

Rich Hemming

Rich Hemming

Doctoral Researcher in Procedural Audio

Åste Amundsen

Åste Amundsen

Doctoral Researcher in Personalised Interactive Performance

Angela Chan

Angela Chan

Head of Inclusion, Festival 2022

Mary Matheson

Mary Matheson

Train the Trainer Executive Producer & Project Lead