Penelope Thomas

Penelope Thomas

Project Manager – Applied Industry Research

As Australia’s national screen and broadcast institution, AFTRS' vision is to be the point of reference for innovation in screen, sound and story-making, globally. The School brings together collaborative teams to conduct industry-partnered, applied research projects that 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, they take ideas and make them commercial realities.

Penelope Thomas is Project Manager of Applied Industry Research at AFTRS. She has managed a number of research projects for the School starting with VR Noir, which premiered at VIVID Ideas 2016. Current projects include: Biometrics on Audience Engagement; Creative Augmented Reality; the AFTRS/CSIRO Data61 Media Index; industry-partnered software development; and Precipice: a binaural narrative podcast project in collaboration with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, WNYC (New York Public Radio) and BBC’s Audio Science Research Unit, which premiered at Vivid 2017.

Penelope’s interest is in bringing together inclusive collaborative teams drawn from local, national and international expressions of interest to explore technology for communication and art. Penelope has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and she is completing her MA (Research) at The University of Sydney. Penelope has studied Leading and Managing Research at the University of Melbourne and is currently presenting her Approach to achieving collaborative innovation across the arts and sciences.

No results


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.