UpStage v2.4.2 User Manual

UpStage Team

This project was initiated in 2003 by Avatar Body Collision, who are Vicki Smith, Leena Saarinen, Karla Ptacek and Helen Varley Jamieson. The project continues to be managed by Vicki Smith and Helen Varley Jamieson. For more information about the Colliders, please visit 

The UpStage application was originally written by Douglas Bagnall, who is a digital artist with a background in open source development of online projects. His artistic work includes the development of a film-making robot and a cloud-classifier; visit for more information.

At the end of 2010, former AUT student Paul Rohrlach joined the team as a developer and server administrator and in 2011 Francesco Buonaiuto became our volunteer documenter. Many other artists are involved in the annual UpStage Festival, and we have a growing team of open source developers who are supporting the maintenance and development of the software.

Since December 2004, the UpStage server has been generously hosted by Citylink.

Thanks to Anne Philpott, we have an ongoing relationship with Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) which has seen teams of final year software development students working on UpStage as their major project since 2006. 

The AUT UpStage teams1  to date are:

  • 2012-13: Scott Riddell, Gavin Chan & Craig Farrell
  • 2012: Benjamin Qin and Daniel Han
  • 2011-12: Nessa Baterina, Karena Goh, Corey Robb
  • 2011: Heath Behrens and Vibhu Patel
  • 2010-11: Mohammad Al-Timimi, JR Malonzo and Henry Goh
  • 2010: Tom Choi, Paul Rohrlach & Craig Farrell
  • 2009-10: Natasha Pullenster, Nicholas Robinson and Shaun Narayan
  • 2009: John Coleman and Vishaal Solanki
  • 2008-09: Shaun Nesbitt, Wendy Wen, Candy Yang
  • 2008: Aaron Barnett
  • 2007-08: Alan Crow and Tony Wong
  • 2007: Endre Bernhardt, Lauren Kilduff & Phillip Quinlan
  • 2006-07: Beau Hardy, Francis Palma, Lucy Chu and Wise Wang.

Many other people have contributed to the development of UpStage through encouragement, advice, user testing, feedback, and simply believing that it was possible. The project team thanks every one of you. 

If you are interested in being a part of the development of UpStage, you can join the developer list, 

If you would like to be kept informed about events in UpStage, you can join the announcements list:   

  1. Students in their final year of Bachelor of Computer and Information Science at Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) have worked on UpStage as a "real world" project since 2006.^