Stephen Elms has built a diverse career in design and management over the last two decades. After amassing an impressive list of backstage production credits on Broadway, marketing and ad campaigns in New York City and London, Stephen has returned to academia working toward his PhD in Culture, Communication, and Media at University College London (UCL).
Building on the industry work he’s done on user experience (UX) and human-centered design, his research will examine online learning platforms and how they will retrain workers soon to be displaced by Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. As part of the Knowledge Lab, within the UCL Institute of Education, he is exploring the convergence of Human–computer interaction (HCI), Educational technology (EdTech) and AI.
Before moving to London in 2015, Stephen worked as an independent creative consultant in brand strategy, management, and design with an emphasis on performing arts and entertainment organizations. Stephen has also worked for Blue Man Group, Disney Theatrical Productions and Serino/Coyne. He has managed client accounts that included Tony Award®-winning and nominated productions and institutions such as Lincoln Center Theater and The Metropolitan Opera.
Stephen holds an MFA in producing and theatre management from Columbia University’s School of the Arts (2008) and a BFA in lighting design from the School of Design and Production at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.