Two of the three founders are very much involved in the running of the studio and, most of the time, the projects themselves. As creative director, I lead the projects day-to-day with the art director Maximo Recio. Then there are at least five people working as designers or artists – that includes interaction and architectural design. Then everyone I mentioned is supported by production. We have a full-time studio manager and part-time finance manager and communications director. Everyone varies in terms of background and seniority, so while some people have years of experience some people are recent graduates.
Right now we’ve got two recent recent graduates on the team. Willem Kempers, our interaction designer, had done a placement at UVA before returning to his design school in the Netherlands to graduate last year. He just got involved straight away, and it’s really interesting to see how he researches and approaches things creatively from a very young and curious angle. This is very important for us, as we are lacking that perspective now that we have so much experience. The second recent grad is Lee Sampson, who had been an intern here for around five months beforehand. He’s now our full-time technical designer, and came straight from the Live Visual Design and Production BA at the Backstage Academy – a relatively new organisation, where they look at technologies around shows and performances.
We’re such a small team that we can’t maintain a massive amount of interns – it’s not only unfair to them, but also the work itself, as we wouldn't be able to provide everything they need and answer their questions. So we limit interns down to the ones we believe will benefit most from the experience and practice; they will be actively involved and contributing to the process.