Maureen Thomas

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Maureen Thomas is a dramatist/screenwriter/director who has been working with interactive storytelling and games since 1995, when she helped develop a digital studio for the National Film & Television School, UK. In 2004-7, for the EU 'New Millennium-New Media' project (co-ordinated by BT Research), she led 3 interactive productions (one fiction in collaboration with BBC TV Drama, one documentary with WagTV/C4 and one original myth-based music and video creative game) for the Digital Studio, University of Cambridge. Maureen is a Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and teaches interactive narrativity for the Screen Media and Cultures MPhil. She also runs hands-on workshops for the Norwegian Film School; the Stockholm, Estonia and Iceland Academies of the Arts; Interactive Institute, Sweden; Media Lab, Aalto University, Helsinki; and Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2011, Maureen is developing an original 'storygame' supported by the Norwegian National Film Fund. She has a particular interest in stimulating user-engagement and creativity through combinations of chance and choice; and in archetypal and oral storytelling as models for integrated digital media.