Writer, Designer, Director, Transmedia Specialist
Christy Dena, a writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning alternate reality games, live games, board games, film, digital and theatre projects. She has won multiple interactive writing awards, and her installations have toured around Australia and the world. She co-founded the exotic residential lab for creatives who work in the fringes, called Forward Slash Story.
Her clients include Nokia, Cisco/No Mimes Media, ABC, Wieden+Kennedy, and Bangarra Dance Theatre. She has given keynotes and presentations at film, tech, writing, and gaming festivals worldwide. She has mentored industry professionals around the world; has written numerous articles on writing and design; been published in numerous books; and wrote a PhD on Transmedia Practice.
As Chair of Games and Department Coordinator of Games at SAE Creative Media Institute, Christy oversaw how games were taught across Australia and Dubai. She was Professor Adjunct at Creative Industries, QUT; and is a Member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys); Member of the Australian Directors Guild; Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, and a Board Member of the Entertainment Technology Press (ETC).
Christy is a juror for the International Digital Emmy Awards, IPF Web Drama Series, and many other programs including the Australia Council for the Arts. She wrote a PhD on Transmedia Practice, and wrote the definition of ‘transmedial fictions’ for the The Johns Hopkins Encyclopedia of Digital Textuality.