Penelope Thomas

Project Manager - Applied Industry Research for Innovation at the Australian Film Television and Radio School

Penelope Thomas joined the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) as a researcher before taking on the role of Project Manager of Applied Industry Research in 2016. She has managed a number of research projects for the school including the Bus Stop Films initiative and VR Noir, which premiered at VIVID Ideas 2016.

Current projects include an AFTRS/CSIRO Data61 Research Portal, and Precipice: a binaural narrative podcast project in collaboration with Sydney Philharmonia Choir, WNYC (New York Public Radio) and in consultation with BBC’s Audio Science Research Unit. Penelope’s interest is in bringing together inclusive collaborative teams drawn from national and international expressions of interest to explore technology for communication and art.

“By drawing on the connectedness between the arts, technology, innovation and business, not only do these projects engage audiences with a future-focused realm of entertainment and communication, they take ideas and make them commercial realities.”