Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House
Annette Mees is the Head of Audience Labs at the Royal Opera House, an innovation initiative bringing together pioneering artists and next generation technology to create boundary-breaking contemporary opera and ballet experiences. She was a Creative Fellow of WIRED magazine and The Space, the guest artistic director of the Danish Inspiration Lab, and started her career as co-artistic director of interactive theatre company Coney. Annette has worked with diverse partners across sectors including Tate Britain, the United Kingdom Parliament, Ogilvy, WIRED Magazine, British Council, The National Theatre of Wales, SJ01 San Jose Biennale, Nesta, and several UK universities. She enjoys bringing together interdisciplinary teams that normally do not work together. Annette has worked with a wide range of specialists including artists, designers, theatre makers, academics, politicians, thinkers, futurists, creative technologists, AI experts, film makers, historians, curators, producers, advertising agencies, a magician and an astronaut.