Company Director – Andrew Somerville
Andrew Somerville is a performer, producer, writer and research academic. His theatre work before differencEngine includes Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre, Brighton Basement, Roundhouse, Silent Opera, various London fringe productions, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the SHUNT Vaults.
He has enjoyed careers in the public, private and third sectors as a research leader in numerous fields: from big data and social media analysis, to international diplomacy, nuclear weapons, and terrorism. His work at tech companies, academic institutions and think-tanks has taken him to the US, India, China, France and the United Nations.
Company Director – Jon Cooper
Jon Cooper is a writer, and theatre maker whose pre- differencEngine background spans institutions such as the Old Vic Theatre and UK Parliament. Jon’s work over ten years as a writer and theatre maker includes the prestigious Old Vic New Voices program, numerous UK and London stage productions, The US/UK Exchange, Latitude Festival, Sheer Drop, Sublime & Ridiculous, Theatre 503, The Tristan Bates Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Manchester 24/7 Festival & Sky Arts.
He also has years of experience in the technology sector, working for UK Parliament’s IT Infrastructure team and deploying the Nigerian Parliament’s digital infrastructure.
Company Producer – Katherine Webb
Katherine is a producer and events manager, and has recently completed a Masters at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has a wealth of experience in creating outdoor and site specific events having worked for Imagineer Productions in Coventry, and Brighton Dome & Festival where she was Assistant Outdoor Producer for the Festival. Katherine has also worked extensively in fundraising, having had her first roles in this area at Brighton Dome she then headed up the Development Department at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
Additionally Katherine has her own company, ArtsEdge Productions, which aims to extend immersive opportunities to young audiences and those with disabilities.
Associate Artist & Strategic Producer – Jane Gauntlett
The In My Shoes project was conceived by Jane Gauntlett as an ever-expanding library of empathetic interactive experiences. Each piece uses a combination of multi-sensory theatre, technology and first-person documentary to recreate extraordinary real-life events. The project has been exhibited in international theatres, festivals, hospitals, universities and institutions, including: Aspen Ideas Festival, UK Parliament, Roundhouse, UK Design Festival, UCL, NYU and Columbia University.