• Art + Design

Celia Pearce


Celia Pearce is an award-winning game designer, author, researcher, teacher, curator, and artist, specializing in multiplayer gaming and virtual worlds, independent art, and alternative game genres. Her recent work focuses on live action roleplaying and “playable theatre.” She is also the co-founder of IndieCade, and is considered a leader in games and diversity.


  • Ph.D. Media Arts, SMARTLab Centre, University of the Arts London (Awarded 2006)


  • Boston Festival of Indie Games (BFIG) Most Innovative Tabletop Game 2016 for eBee

Research Interests

  • alternate reality games
  • artgames
  • Diversity in games
  • game communities
  • Games
  • gender in games
  • immersive theatre
  • independent games
  • indie games
  • live action roleplaying (larp)
  • massively multiplayer online games
  • participatory theater
  • pervasive games
  • playable theatre
  • virtual worlds