Christy Dena is a writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning pervasive games, film, digital and theatre projects. Clients include Nokia, Cisco/No Mimes Media, ABC, Wieden+Kennedy, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Noah Falstein, Ken Eklund & Agency of Coney, and many more. She is co-founder and co-director of the lab for storytellers working in tech, Forward Slash Story, with Lance Weiler.
Christy was commissioned to create a game for Experimenta’s 5th Biennial of Media Art: Recharge, which was Official Selection for Freeplay Independent Games Festival’s 2014 event Parallels. Christy was granted Australia’s first Digital Writing Residency at The Cube for her project “Robot University,” funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and QUT. Her audio-driven app AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS won the 2014 WA Premier’s Book Award in the Digital Narrative category; won the 2014 Australian Writers Guild award for ‘Interactive Media’; was a prototype of the app was finalist for “Best Writing in a Game” Award at the 2012 Freeplay Independent Gaming Festival Awards. In 2012, she was the “Digital Writing Ambassador” for the Emerging Writers Festival; and she co-wrote “The Writers Guide to Making a Digital Living” for the Australian Literature Board; and toured Australia for the Australia Council for the Arts ‘Story for the Future’ initiative.
She has given keynotes and presentations at film, tech, writing, and gaming festivals worldwide, including Power to the Pixel (London), DIYDays (LA), TEDxTransmedia (Switzerland), and Transmedia Living lab (Madrid). She has mentored industry professionals around the world, including The Pixel Lab and Crossover; has written numerous articles on writing and design, and been published in numerous industry books. Christy was commissioned to run Transmedia Victoria, a key transmedia event in Melbourne bringing professionals from TV, film, performance, art, and gaming together.
She is Senior Lecturer in Games at SAE QANTM; a Member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys); Board Member of the Entertainment Technology Press (ETC); and Professor Adjunct at Creative Industries, QUT.
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.