Emma is the Chief of Play at Cultivate, developing and producing creative projects and helping clients to develop relationships and communities. Emma has variously worked to create a buzz at launches for heritage buildings, community hubs, galleries, museums, and cultural organisations, helping companies utilise collaborative technologies and social media to engage and connect with individuals and develop communities.
Kaye has over twelve years of games industry experience, working as an artist, Lead Artist and Art Manager for Infogrames, Sony, Acclaim & Blitz Games.
Her title history includes diverse titles such as GTA2 (Take 2), the Premier Manager series (Gremlin), Colony Wars: Red Sun (Sony), Formula 1 (Sony) and most recently the Bratz series (THQ) and The Encleverment Experiment (Blitz), with experience in computer game development for the PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox360 consoles, the PC and the Wii.
Her skills lie in the creation of 2D and 3D graphics for game engines, particularly in character modelling and texturing in Maya and Photoshop, as well as many other aspects of game development and games as a cultural phenomenon.
She has a keen interest in the subject of Women in Games: This includes women as gamers, women as game developers and the portrayal of women in computer games; and an active campaigner for the recruitment of more women into technology and media careers.
Kaye’s paper The Virtual Toy Box was published at Dundee Abertay University in 2005 as part of the Women in Games conference, where she now part of the steering committee and organizing the WIG 2010 conference at the University of Bradford. Edge-online voted me to be one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Games” as well as #61 on their list of “Hot 100 Game Developers of 2007″.
Debs Gatenby formerly trained at Manchester Polytechnic as an actress, she then began doing comedy and created a character called Twinkle – she enjoyed a good few years on the queer comedy cabaret scene as Twinkle and was the first ever performer on stage at the now legendary Duckies club in London, she hosted Duckies and was a regular performer at Tina C’s club in Soho,performed at several Prides and co- hosted Gay Talk on BBC Manchester.
She created several solo shows for Queer Up North. More recently she has been performing as herself, still comedy, but more like storytelling, playing with the themes of therapy, the happiness plateaux and what it is to be really honest.
Her new show is been created for Contact Theatre Short Cuts – The working title is Hi Anxiety – Me My Mum Our Mental Health.
Sanaz Raji is a PhD Scholar at the University of Leeds’ Institute of Communication Studies. She is examining the use of subversive humor online created by second generation diasporic Iranians as part of a larger discourse on the dynamic of being Iranian diasporic in a post-September 11th context.
She has presented her work at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sussex University, University of Manchester, University College London, and Wolfson College, Oxford University. Sanaz was the Project Assistant for the EU funded Media & Citizenship project at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She wrote a chapter entitled, “The Iranian diaspora in the West” for a book edited by Kim Knott and Sean McLoughlin, Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections, Zed Press (2010).
Additionally, Sanaz has written for the Comments is Free section of the Guardian Online, and Pakistan’s DAWN blog.
Mary is a dreamer and schemer; she sleeps like a baby as every day is filled with adventure. As a grandmother of eleven she worries what state we will leave the planet in for the next generation. Mary likes the saying “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted”. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing and was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to the community of Todmorden. Recently Mary feels more energetic since she has had confirmation that the countries prisons are full. Mary is an Activist
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