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Pilot Theatre’s Shift Happens conference has convinced me that the success of the stage isn’t just about new technologies but also people’s shared passion for theatre… In a new social and cultural landscape, artists have to redefine cultural production and how people access it. All this will be a challenge, but an interesting one. Lyn Gardner - The guardian


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Should your company wish to have a more active presence at the conference, there are a number of sponsorship packages available: ENTER SHIFT £250 + VAT 1 ticket to Shift Happens Plus: Company logo to be displayed on the Shift Happens website and your company to be acknowledged as a sponsor FUNCTION SHIFT £500 + VAT 2 x tickets to Shift Happens Plus: Company logo to be displayed on the Shift Happens website and your company to be acknowledged as a key sponsor COMMAND SHIFT £1000 + VAT 4 x tickets to Shift Happens Plus: Company logo to be displayed on the Shift Happens website and all print work. Your company to be acknowledged as a key sponsor of Shift Happens, and opportunity provided for you to showcase your work at Shift Happens: ALT Shift. All Ticket Prices Includes: Entry to the conference including all food and refreshments including lunch, drinks reception and BBQ on Mon 5th and breakfast, lunch and drinks reception on Tues 6th. CONTACT: To discuss sponsoring Shift Happens please contact: Katherine Jewkes, 01904 635755



Mon 5 – Tue 6 July ‘10

Now in its third year, Shift Happens: ALT Shift, is continuing to show individuals and organisations from the arts, learning and technology sectors how to make the most of the growing opportunities which new technologies offer.


Shift Happens is a two day conference hosted by Pilot Theatre at York Theatre Royal. Building on the success of the last two Shift Happens conferences, delegates can find out about the latest developments and applications in digital technology, try them out in workshops, discuss inspiring case studies, network, find partners for future collaborations and explore how working digitally can open up new areas of funding and sustainable working for organisations.

We believe that Shift Happens provides a unique sharing of thoughts and ideas, and brings to York a unique set of thinkers and creative participants into the same room to address the possibilities and challenges that face us all. Marcus Romer, Artistic Director PILOT THEATRE


• Organisations represented include: Arcola Theatre, Arts Council England, Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre, Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cornerhouse, East Street Arts, Essex Dance, Hull County Council, Kneehigh Theatre, Lakeside Arts, Leeds City Council, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, National Theatre, Northern Stage, Opera North, Out of Joint, RSC, Scottish Arts Council, Shared Experience, The Lowry, The Stage, University of Sheffield, University of York, Warwick Arts Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Museums Trust, York Theatre Royal. • Speakers included: Dave Moutrey (Cornerhouse), Dr Ben Todd (Arcola Theatre), Kit Monkman (KMA), Hannah Rudman (, Paul Sutton (Theatre Company C&T), Julie Borchard-Young (BY Experience/Met Opera, New York), Janice Fraser (Emmet Labs, San Francisco), Bill Thompson (, Alex Fleetwood (Hide and Seek Festival), Marcus Romer (Pilot Theatre), DK (Media Snackers), Lyn Gardner (Guardian), Charles Cecil (Revolution Games), Josie Rourke (Bush Green), Lucy Wurstin (4IP), Andy Hobsbawn (DoTheGreenThing. com), Toby Coffey (National Theatre), Charles Leadbeater (author of We Think).



HOW TO BOOK Shift Happens: ALT Shift £150 + VAT This standard ticket price includes entry to the conference as well as all food and refreshments; lunch, drinks reception and BBQ on Monday 5th July and breakfast, lunch and drinks reception on Tuesday 6th July. How to book Payment by Credit or Debit Card To complete your registration, please have your credit or debit card to hand and proceed to the online ticket office, which can be found at Registration should only take a few minutes, and once completed you will receive a notification via email to confirm your full booking.

*Please ensure that the information entered on the first page relates to the attending delegate, payment details will be processed on the second page. Payment by Invoice Should you wish to generate an invoice, please enter details relating to the attending delegate, then choose to pay by ‘prepayment’. An invoice will then be generated by Amiando and sent to you. There will be an option to print this on the next page.

Promotional Offers To activate special promotion rates you will need to enter a promo code. If you believe that you are eligible for a special promotional rate, then please contact Katherine Jewkes on 01904 635755 or email If you have any problems during the registration process, or fail to receive a notification email please contact Katherine Jewkes on 01904 635755, or email Sponsorship Should your company want a more active presence at the conference there are some sponsorship packages available, prices starting at ÂŁ250 +VAT. These packages include ticket bundles and advertising space. More information about Sponsorship can be found at the back of this brochure. Bursary We will be offering a certain number of bursary places to the conference. For further information regarding these, please contact Katherine Jewkes on 01904 635755, or email



Mon 5 – Tue 6 July ‘10 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Sir Ken Robinson, Live from LA Jonathan Harris, Tom Loosemore, 4ip Lyn Gardner, The Guardian David Sabel, National Theatre Alice Greenwald, September 11 Memorial Museum DK, MediaSnackers Clare Reddington, iShed Abhay Abhikari, Dhyaan Design Tim Wheeler, Mind the Gap Marcus Romer, Pilot Theatre Hannah Nicklin, Ian Aspin, John E. McGrath, National Theatre Wales Herb Kim, Codeworks Alan Lane, slung low Kay Elling, University of Bradford Christine Morris, Apps and Hats Joscelyn Upendran, Lovle Sian Alexander, Julies Bicycle Adam Stanning, Punk Pie Joscelyn Upendran, Lovle Leanne Hammacott & Ghislane Boddington, body>data>space Dave Moutrey (Event Chair), Cornerhouse

SPEAKERS SIR KEN ROBINSON - LIVE FROM LA Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. For twelve years he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama; Birmingham City University, Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Art and Design and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His new book, a New York Times Best Seller, ‘The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything’ (Penguin/Viking 2009) is being translated into sixteen languages.


SPEAKERS JONATHAN HARRIS - Jonathan Harris makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world’s largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat). He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, anonymity, news, and language. After studying computer science at Princeton University, he won a 2005 Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards. His work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, the state of Vermont (for which he co-designed the state quarter), Print Magazine (which named him a 2008 New Visual Artist) and The World Economic Forum (which named him a 2009 Young Global Leader). He has given talks at Google, Princeton and Stanford Universities, the TED Conference, and at two hippy forest gatherings. His projects have been shown at The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), and have appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Bhutanese television. Born in Vermont, he now floats between Brooklyn, NY, the open road, and cyberspace, documenting his life with one photo a day.

SPEAKERS Tom Loosemore - Tom is head of Channel 4’s 4IP project, a creative fund that aims to re-invent how publicly-valuable content is conceived, funded and delivered for British audiences on new media platforms. Prior to this, Tom has worked as a senior adviser on digital media strategy at Ofcom, and as the former head of broadband and emerging strategies at the BBC. During that time he played a key role in developing a wide range of new media proposals, many of which featured in ‘Building Public Value’, the BBC’s vision for the next ten years, along with performing a review of the BBC’s current activity on the web. Prior to joining the BBC, Tom was Director of Internet Applications at UPC, Europe’s largest cable company. Previously, he has been web editor of London’s largest radio station, Capital Radio. He was responsible for developing the multiple award-winning local information website From 1995 until 1997 he was a Section Editor on the UK edition of Wired Magazine.


SPEAKERS LYN GARDNER - Journalist, The Guardian Lyn Gardner 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.

Shift Happens 2.1 (2009) Photo by Tom Rhodes

SPEAKERS DAVID SABEL - National Theatre Head of Digital Media David Sabel trained as an actor at Northwestern University in Chicago and Jacques Lecoq in Paris. After having worked as a chef for three years, he received an MBA from Cambridge University. His dissertation, looking at digital opportunities in the arts, brought him to the National Theatre where he stayed on to produce the pilot season of NT Live and the National’s first documentary commission, Making War Horse. The National Theatre’s digital strategy is a central strand of the National Theatre’s ambition to engage more widely and deeply with audiences. The Digital Media Unit will look to increase the reach of NT Live; develop the National Theatre’s new media tools and resources; create more high-quality content around the productions in the repertoire; and experiment with new technologies, methods of production and distribution.


SPEAKERS ALICE GREENWALD - LIVE FROM NEW YORK Alice Greenwald joined the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at The World Trade Center in April 2006 as executive vice-president for programs and director of the Memorial Museum. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing and overseeing the articulation and implementation of a vision for the planned National September 11 Memorial Museum, and for the eventual programming and operation of the Museum. From September 2001 to February 2006, Ms. Greenwald served as an associate museum director for museum programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. From 1986-2001, she served as principal of Alice M. Greenwald/Museum Services (USHMM), providing consulting expertise to a variety of clients in addition to USHMM. Prior to the establishment of her consulting business, she served as the executive director of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia; acting director, curator and assistant curator of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum, Los Angeles; and curatorial assistant at the Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago. Ms. Greenwald has served as a chairperson for the Council of American Jewish Museums and is the recipient of several awards. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds an A.M. in history of religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

SPEAKERS DK - Founding Director, MediaSnackers DK is the founding director of Media Snackers. Mediasnackers was a term he coined back in early 2006 whilst describing what young people were doing with media. The site was launched a few months later in June. He has an educational background in communications and media, plus a professional background in local government, being the UK’s first and only Corporate Youth Officer. DK has a passion for working with young people and youth professionals, and this has been his focus for the past decade.

Shift Happens 2.1 (2009) Photo by Tom Rhodes


SPEAKERS CLARE REDDINGTON - Clare is Director of iShed and the Pervasive Media Studio. Clare works with industry, academic and creative partners to deliver collaborative research around digital technology and the creative industries. She likes finding new talent, supporting great projects, showcasing new ideas and playing games. Clare joined Watershed in Bristol in 2004 to work with HP Labs on utility computing animation project SE3D. In 2007, Clare set up iShed CIC as a subsidiary of Watershed, to initiate and support creative technology research and development. Projects include the R&D investment scheme Media Sandbox, Light Up Bristol, which mapped 400ft projections on to Bristol’s Council house, and the Creative Technology Network. Before joining Watershed, Clare organised the Cheltenham Festival of Science, an annual five day festival exploring, promoting and encouraging debate around contemporary scientific development. Clare is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Advisory Board and has acted as an assessor for the Technology Strategy Board’s Creative Industries funding and is a finalist in the Bristish Council’s UK Young Interactive Entrepreneur 2009.

SPEAKERS ABHAY ADHIKARI - Multimedia designer; Working towards Breath-awareness in mainstream education. “As a multimedia designer I have always tried to work with people from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds. I believe that the www is a fantastic medium for creative collaboration.” Abhay has worked with musicians, performance artists, writers and human rights activists from India, UK, USA, Australia and Japan. In 2004, whilst working with an Indian classical musician and a Dutch electronic artists he produced a musical project that was conceived and developed via instant messenger. It was featured in the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express and Radio 1 - Netherlands. In 2009 he completed his PhD research at the University of York, which looked at ways in which breath-control training could be introduced into primary schools in England. This led to the development of biofeedback based gaming technology as well as a pragmatic and secular framework of working with children to introduce breathing as a dynamic medium for anger-management. The latter caught the attention of the Japanese education sector and he has just completed a five-city tour of Japan – working with over 170 children and 50 primary school teachers. Various aspects of this work have been supported by UK Trade & Investment and Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship.


SPEAKERS TIM WHEELER - Tim is Artistic Director and co-founder of Mind the Gap. Mind the Gap is a theatre company that aims to dismantle the barriers that prevent disabled and non-disabled artists working together as equals. He studied in UK and in Brazil with Augusto Boal and is interested in interactive theatre and emerging aesthetics. Mind the Gap recently moved into the old dyehouse of Lister Mill’s, Bradford. Mind the Gap studios are extremely well wired; equipped to showcase theatre, film against green screen, record and edit video and audio all under one roof. They are interested in assistive technologies and universal design: automatic doors, a building management system that controls their audio and visual equipment, the blinds, and a visual and audio relay between studios. Tim’s interest in new technologies is very simple, he looks for underpinning concepts rather than the hardware or software itself. Questioning whether it is useful, beautiful and whether it assists creative dialogue. Tim is also interested in old technologies such as string, gaffa tape and non-violent direct action; whatever works. He also likes testing things to the point of destruction, often investigating how close to the edge he can get? Tim is inquisitive and approachable and always on the look out for people and practice that can help us in our work. He says “If you can help, then let’s talk.”

SPEAKERS MARCUS ROMER - Marcus is the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre, the national touring theatre company based at York Theatre Royal. He adapted and directed Looking For JJ which won the TMA award for best production in 2008. His production of Lord of the Flies for Pilot Theatre had five national UK tours and has received a TMA award nomination and won a Manchester Evening News award. His co-production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing with the Octagon Theatre, Bolton won two Manchester Evening News Awards in 2005. He was invited to attend the TED conference in California in 2007 where he furthered his interest in technology in the Arts. On returning he formulated the Shift Happens conference in the UK which started in July 2008, and ran again as Shift Happens 2.0 in 2009. He set up ALT Shift to run in 2010 He is a regular speaker and trainer for conferences where he looks at the digital opportunities for the Arts withTechnology


SPEAKERS HANNAH NICKLIN - Playwright, Blogger and PhD Student Hannah Nicklin is a playwright, blogger, social media advocate, technophile and PhD student. She is interested in how theatre can portray and explore the experience of technology, as well as wiki/open source ethics and their application online, in the arts, and in wider society. She works with arts companies on their social media ‘strategies’, and works at events amplifying the content through social media. She doesn’t particularly like the word ‘strategy’. She blogs, generally covets technology, and is doing a PhD with practice in theatre and digital technology at Loughborough University.

SPEAKERS IAN ASPIN - TV Journalist, Presenter and Producer “Think Better. Feel Better. Take an Aspin.” Ian is a journalist, producer, presenter, and part of an independent production company in Lancashire. Though he’s worked mostly in TV and radio, he is excited to be involved in the fantastic possibilities for connectedness, new ways of thinking and living, journalism and storytelling, that are emerging from the global digital revolution. Through his work making programmes and covering all kinds of stories, he has spent time discovering, meeting, interviewing, and hanging out with outstanding people from all sorts of backgrounds. Most have interesting thoughts, do amazing things, and often love to pass on great ideas they’ve found helpful in creating the life they have today. He is passionate about all that good stuff. He wants to use it, wrestle with it, share it, and help people make a positive difference, rather than just keeping it in his head.


SPEAKERS JOHN MCGRATH - John has worked as a theatre director in New York, London, Manchester, and now Wales. From 1999-2008 he was Artistic Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester where he had a lot of success developing new artists and vibrant young audiences. As a director, he has worked with a wide range of artists in Manchester, including poet Lemn Sissay (Storm, Something Dark and Why I Don’t Hate White People) and hip hop theatre artist Benji Reid (b like water). John says that some of his favourite directing projects there included a multi-media collaboration with writer Kaite O’Reilly and visual artist Paul Clay (Perfect) and the theatre installation Close Up with Contact Young Actors Company. Earlier on, he trained and worked in New York for several years, including a stint as Associate Director of leading experimental company Mabou Mines. In 2004 he published a book about art in the surveillance age, “Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space” (Routledge 2004). He was the Co-Founder and Chair of PANDA, the Performing Arts Network and Development Agency, and in 2005 he was lucky enough to be awarded the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award which allowed him to spend time with theatre and arts companies in Europe and South America.

SPEAKERS HERB KIM - Herb is the Director of the Thinking Digital Conference and the CEO of Codeworks, and has over 17 years of experience in technology and media related businesses. Prior to his current role, Herbert was at mobile phone operator 02, where he was Head of Marketing for 02’s incubator division. Other senior roles include UK Managing Director for, Head of Partner Relations at, General Manager of Blackwell’s Online Bookshop and Marketing Manager at IBM. Herbert has an MBA in Strategic Management from the Wharton School and graduated with honors in History at Princeton University. Herbert was born in Brooklyn, NY and has resided in the UK for 13 years. He and his partner have the privilege of raising a young daughter, Alice.


SPEAKERS ALAN LANE - Slung Low is the new work installation company based out of West Yorkshire. Creating work that in different ways asks an audience to physically move through a narrative, the company concentrates on making bespoke work for a full variety of spaces; whether that be on a high street or in the stalls of a theatre. Previous commissions include work with the Barbican, the Lowry, the Almeida Theatre and Liverpool European Capital of Culture. In 2010 Slung Low received funding to inhabit a series of railway arches in South Leeds working towards creating a centre for artists to develop and present progressive performance work. Alan Lane is the Artistic Director of Slung Low, directing all the company’s past productions. He is a selector for the National Student Drama Festival and producer of Development Lab, producing progressive new work in Bradford.

SPEAKERS KAYE ELLING- Kaye Elling is the Lecturer in Computer Games at the University of Bradford and is the Course Leader for their BA Graphics for Games and BSc Interactive Systems and Video Game Design courses. Kaye’s background is in game development where she spent some 13 years working as an artist, lead artist and art manager for companies including Infogrames, Sony and Blitz Games Studios. She has developed games for most consoles and has a title history that includes the Premier Manager series, the Bratz series and most recently the Encleverment Experiment on XBLA among many more. A proud Girl Geek, Kaye is passionately committed to raising awareness of game development as a viable career for women. This is probably why she is co-chair for the Women in Games conference 2010, held at the University of Bradford in collaboration with Bradford College.


SPEAKERS CHRISTINE MORRIS - Christine is the producer of Apps and Hats, a quirky iPhone application review show. But it’s not all about the apps, she wants women in technology to really go for it in their own creative and expressive ways and as an educator wants to help change happen. A Canadian living in the UK for over ten years, with what she refers to as a healthy obsession with technology, she is always after the latest trends and research in the field hoping to explore and push it further. She has received joint Arts Council and British Council funding for a number of Digital Artworks which have been shown Internationally. Working in education for several years keeps her motivated and it was research and her fascination to use the technologies out there that led her to Apps and Hats, created only a few months after the launch of the App Store. This geek at heart is hoping her enthusiasm and message will help to get others excited about technology enough to go and use it in creative ways too.

SPEAKERS JOSCELYN UPENDRAN - Joscelyn Upendran is CEO of lovle which is a learning and training software & services company. Lovle enables you to quickly and easily find and legally remix & collate learning content while keeping track of copyright licences. Joscelyn is also involved in Creative Commons UK as the Public Project Lead for England & Wales, which involves helping to raise awareness of creative commons licences as a means to enable legal sharing of creative works. Prior to co-founding lovle Joscelyn worked as a solicitor and a lecturer.


SPEAKERS SIAN ALEXANDER - Sian is an independent consultant in the arts sector and Associate Director, Theatre for Julie’s Bicycle with whom she is leading a national programme to support the UK theatre industry to adapt to a low carbon economy. She was Head of Theatre for Arts Council England, London for ten years until February 2010. Prior to joining the Arts Council Sian worked for a range of performing arts companies, producing and touring theatre and contemporary dance throughout the UK and overseas. She was Executive Director of Siobhan Davies Dance Company; Manager for Michael Clark Company, Aletta Collins Dance Company and Laurie Booth; and Assistant Manager of the Bush Theatre. Sian is a Clore Fellow. During her fellowship (2006 – 2008) she was seconded to Tate to develop a Climate Change Strategy and undertook a research project ‘Cultural Leadership in a Changing Climate.’ Sian is a CLP/PCT accredited coach and action learning facilitator. She is Chair of Governors at Grove Park Primary School, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford where she studied Modern History.

SPEAKERS ADAM STANNING - Adam is a concept designer. When he is not designing international museums with his company Bright White Ltd, he is creating artworks for installations. When he is not doing either of those two things, he is designing computer games. Adam is a founding director of Punk Pie Ltd, who will release a revolutionary new mobile game in April 2010 - Aurifi. See



Leanne Hammacott has worked with body>data>space since its formation in 2005, coming from a background in dance/body and technology.

She was project manager with Future Physical between 2001-4 involved in the commissioning of 20 new art technology pieces, and of a 3 year programme of Virtual Incarnations for Dance Umbrella Festival.


Ghislaine Boddington is a producer, artist, researcher and curator specialising in the integration of performance, body responsive technologies and interactive interfaces since the early 1990s.

An expert in virtual/physical environments she holds indepth knowledge of the way the human user perceives, participates, moves, communicates and behaves within connected space

SPEAKERS DAVE MOUTREY - Dave Moutrey has been Director and CEO of Cornerhouse since April 1998. Cornerhouse is Greater Manchester’s international centre for cinema and contemporary visual art where audiences, artists and filmmakers are brought together to experience and debate cultural practice and ideas through a unique programme that aims to stimulate, entertain and inform.


ALSO... TAGTOOL - The Tagtool is a performative visual instrument used on stage and on the street. It serves as a VJ tool, a creative video game, or an intuitive way of creating animation. The system is operated collaboratively by an artist drawing the pictures and an animator adding movement to the artwork with a gamepad. The design achieves virtually unlimited artistic complexity with a simple set of controls, which can be mastered even by children. Tagtool will be showcased on behalf of Illuminate York at the Conference. For more information about the festival, please visit

JAMJAR COLLECTIVE - The Jam Jar Collective is a group of freelance artists & designers based in Leeds. With backgrounds in interactive and web based programming, large scale projection, sonic design, robotics, interactive video manipulation and new media installations. Their unique blend of talents and a desire for simplicity forms the basis of their projects.

Designed by S.P.Freeman

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Shift Happens: ALT Shift will be happening at York Theatre Royal on 5th and 6th July 2010.

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