I received a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Media Production from Ryerson University, and a BFA in Film and Video Production from York University. Prior to my doctoral training, I was an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist with over ten years of professional experience in the creative industries.
The main focus of my humanistic research is personal storytelling through digital game design. I organize game jams and draw on arts-based methods to study the therapeutic processes of game designers making games about mental illness, emotional trauma and disability. I engage marginalized communities in digital game creation and skill acquisition, theorizing the benefits of game design and development practices for creators. My future research extends into physical computing practices such as the use of Arduino for creative expression through circuit boards, LED lights, sensors and automata.
I am the recipient of several filmmaking awards, including:
I have also received grant awards for my documentaries on the immigrant experience—Just Arrived (2004) and Portrait of a Street: The Soul and Spirit of College (2001)—from Rogers OMNI Television, The National Film Board of Canada, and Toronto Arts Council.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of game design, interactive narrative, autobiographical visual media, disability studies, inclusive design and arts-based research.
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