Hello! I’m Christy Dena.

I’m in my late-40s, and run my own studio Universe Creation 101, run international labs and remote studio projects. I used to be a Chair and Department Coordinator of Games; producer of websites, CD-Roms, digital effects for TVCs; and actor in theatre and TV. I’ve moved back to Melbourne, Australia.

For years I’ve been making creative projects, researching, teaching, all to try and get better at making the kind of works that I want to make, that affect the world. I’ve always seen it as a marathon, as a long road. I wasn’t after quick attention. I wanted to make works that resonate and I knew that took time.

To be honest, I’ve not just been waiting for myself, I’ve been waiting for the world. I don’t seem to fit with “the way things are,” and so I’ve been working on myself and with those around me, and waiting for some big event when we can all be who we really are.

Well, I decided it was time to live my calling, time to be all-in. And then the big event of the climate started being really noticable.

I’m here to live my multi-artform creative life, with works that pave the way for new ways of thinking and seeing. That help us with what is happening on this planet right now.

I want to share what I’ve discovered with you too. So I’m writing a book, I’m sometimes blogging, and starting up my reeeealllly infrequent newsletter again. Join me, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Christy Dena, a writer-designer-director who has worked on award-winning interactive writing and transmedia projects. Christy is developing original projects in her company Universe Creation 101, ran online interdisciplinary studios for a Masters of Creative Industries; co-ran with Lance Weiler an international lab for creatives working in the fringes called Forward Slash Story; and ran an Extended Experiences Lab for WEFF and Screen Queensland. Christy has worked in theatre, TV, CD-Roms, websites, animation, film, games and installations. Clients have included Nokia, Cisco/No Mimes Media, ABC, Wieden+Kennedy, and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Christy has written a PhD on Transmedia Practice, and publishes non-fiction writing on interactivity, transmedia, the future, and intentional practice. 


Christy was commissioned to create a game for Experimenta’s 5th International 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.

Christy 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.

Christy was National Chair and Brisbane Department Coordinator of Games at SAE Creative Media Institute; a Member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys);  Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild; Board Member of the Entertainment Technology Press (ETC); and was Professor Adjunct at Creative Industries, QUT.

Email christy at this domain.

17 Responses to “About”

  • Greetings,
    I write to enquire when wil be you next conference, what are the requirement for one to attend the conference.
    Emmanuel Nyantee

  • Hello Emmanuel!

    The only solid booking I have so far is a talk at the Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, late December. See my sidebar for ‘Upcoming Events’. I’ll post there when the next one comes up. What country are you in?

  • I saw a brilliant piece of animation at your talk at power to the pixel of a space scene and i think it had to do with story development can you tell me where it came from

  • Hello Richard!

    I showed this animation at the beginning of my talk to illustrate the variety of new cross-media practices out there: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/writersguide/newwritinguniverse/. It is my data, with animation done by an Australian company for the Australian Literature Board http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/writersguide. Other than that, I have my slides online here, in which you can see my pics on story documentation: http://www.slideshare.net/christydena/lessons-learned-in-crossmedia.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  • By the way, love the name of your company too 🙂 http://www.guidingstarfilms.com/

  • Christy

    It was fantastic having you on the Slamdance Filmmaker Summit panel. Looking forward to meeting you in person.


  • Awesome. Thanks Paul. I really enjoyed the day and look forward to meeting you in person too! 🙂

  • Dear Christy,

    I am a script-writer from Hamburg, Germany and have just started to explore the world of writing for games and transmedia storytelling. Just wanted to let you know that I love your website and your work, especially the slide show you did at reboot and the collection of games for game designers! I wish I knew more people (especially women) like you closer to home for networking and inspiration!

    Take care

  • Hello Maike,

    Thank you! I’m thrilled my work has inspired you. 🙂 I wish you all the best with your own creative practice and hope one day we get to meet!

    Please feel free to email if you ever would like to talk further.

    All the best,

  • Hello Christy,
    You might be interested in seeing trancemedia.eu – we just started it . We try to raise awareness among independent producers about new transmedia factual content.
    Thank you in advance for your possible suggestions.
    All the best,

  • Hi Christy
    I had the pleasure of seeing you speak at the Jon Reiss lecturer in Melbourne last week, I was the camera operator for Jon on the day. I really enjoyed your talk and want to see more.
    I have a couple of request, if at all possible, I am undertaking my MA in Research and my topic is ‘How has interactive multi-platform changed the way documentary filmmakers are approaching their craft’. My final findings and research will be in the form of a website, and I will be making an online documentary about how to make an online documentary.

    Firstly I would like to ask you if I could interview you for the online doco and secondly could I engage your services in working with me on the website. I understand their will be a fee involved for your services and I will need to budget for this. If at all possible would you be able to provide me with a rough estimate of what that may be.

    I am undertaking my MA as AFTRS and hope to deliver my findings in 2012. I am currently scoping and researching all aspects that I belived need to be covered.

    Congratulations on the completion of youf phD and can only imagine what you went through and what I am about to undertake. I am really excited about this project, at the moment, not sure things my change, am hoping not. I am also excited at the prospect of meeting with you and talking further if you have time in your hectic schedule.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Regards Atalanti

  • Dear Christy Dena,

    I have just started my research (for my dissertation on the MA Interactive media, London college of communication, UAL, London) on how alternate reality games and transmedia practices can engage the public in a museum (educational) context, I have seen your research on transmedia practices and probably there is no better person to speak for this subject apart from you.
    Would you be able to arrange either an interview in order to answer together some of the questions that came up or maybe if this is not possible to provide me any relevant material that might be helpfull?

    Thank you in advance,
    Hara Mihailidou

  • Hello Hara – there are a few people who are looking at the educational area of transmedia! So you’re not alone. 🙂 There is a Transmedia and Education group that has just started in Facebook – if you’re in FB let me know and I’ll add you to the group. Also if you google transmedia you’ll see many people come up, including some great posts by Jeff Watson. Otherwise, you can contact me directly too (christy@christydena.com) and we can chat. Yay! Best, Christy

  • My name in Alexander Barr and i am an undergraduate in my final year at Oxford Brookes university.

    i am currently undertaking a dissertation entitled: How do organisations use transmedia storytelling to initiate brand co-creation activities among their target audience?

    In light of this i was wondering if it was at all possible to have some email correspondence regarding the title and some of my proposed research?

    i trust you must be very busy and i am aware this message may seem bit brash, however,i felt there was no harm in asking.

    look forward to hearing from you soon

    Best wishes

  • hello Christy Dena

    My name is injin and I have just started my research on how Device Co-Op is Orchestrated to Support Continuous UX in Multi-Screen Environment.

    Mentioned in your paper(Patterns in Cross Media Interaction Design: It’s much more than a URL, 2007) on ‘Call to Actions’ want to know about.

    Therefore I need your paper. but I cannot download in this site and nowhere

    Please, Can you send paper for my e-mail? (injin.baek@gmail.com)

    Thank you for all.

  • Hi Christy,
    My colleague, Professor Hazel Smith, suggested I get in touch with you about the AAL conference (Australasian Association of Literature) that we are hosting through the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. The conference will take place in July 2016. The theme of the conference is ‘Literature and Technology’ and I wondered if you might be interested in presenting a paper? And, would you be willing to help get the word out? We are interested in the theme in its broadest sense and so are hoping to get some folk that work on electronic literature and new media writing. Here is a link to the full CFP – http://www.uws.edu.au/writing_and_society/events/technology_and_literature_conference
    The closing date for proposals is the end of Feb. Our plan is to produce an academic publication out of the event, so there will be a good chance for folk in that space to develop their CV and share their work.
    Matt McGuire (Western Sydney University)

  • I would greatly apprecite your connected with me at LinkedIn or sending me an email contact for you regarding a possible article for the International Journal of Innovations in Online Learning. You wee recommended by Kari from University of Maryland.

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